The CFL Mediation Practice
Summary - what to expect

The CFL Mediation Practice is a great place for you to work through your pending divorce or child custody issues, in a peaceful and calm manner ~ and without the inflated costs of attorney's or ever entering a court room. Our expertise and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of Orange County's premier family law mediation company's.

The costs involved with a litigated divorce are exorbitant and unnecessary. You can get a more positive result to your divorce if you choose the less costly, less stressful avenue of mediation.

According to Presiding Family Law Judge Marjorie Steinberg in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, May 4, 2008, if a couple can get a divorce for $100,000 in Los Angeles, Judge Steinberg considers that "pretty cheap."

There will be a number of thoughts going through your mind when debating about mediation and deciding whether it is a viable option for you over and above litigating your divorce and child custody settlements.

In a bid to assist with those thoughts that may keep you awake at night, here is a list of the pros and cons for mediating your divorce versus working through your divorce within the court room.

The court room is not your only option!

Mediated Divorce

Litigated Divorce

You keep complete control of your settlement

Mediation is done in a private and confidential setting

The cost savings can be anything up to 90%

Mediation is done in a timely fashion

Less stressful and less acrimonious

You can take your time to ensure you create the right settlement for you.

Court is always an option if you feel mediation is not working for you and your spouse. Anything previsouly discussed, can not be used as evidence.

Discussions can be done without the fear of retribution and encourages the truth.

Your fate is in the hands of the Judge

Your case is heard in an open court – no privacy.

Expensive as you both retain separate Attorneys.

Time consuming due to cases being continued out

Emotional, draining and very stressful.

Judges encourage you to negotiate a settlement in the cafeteria in the court house - very rushed.

A judgment is never "final" but it is costly when deciding to appeal on decisions and filing new motions.

There is no confidentiality. Some parties will not tell the truth in order to get the result they hope for.