May 26, 2023

Divorce Mediation Myths

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Divorce isn’t easy. For some, it’s a challenging labyrinth of legal intricacies; for others, it’s a battleground of emotional turmoil. Unmani Saraswati, of Mediation Offices in Oakland, CA, is a leading family law mediator in Alameda County, is happy to debunk some myths about divorce mediation which can prevent couples from taking a smooth, collaborative approach to their separation.

Myth 1: Mediation is Only for Amicable Divorces

One of the most prevalent myths is that mediation is only for couples who are parting ways on friendly terms. Unmani can attest that that is not the case, at all. In Mediation Offices, a leading family law service in Alameda County, what makes a case end successfully with an agreement in mediation is not whether the clients were at ease with each other, or friendly. Instead, what makes a case end successfully with an agreement in mediation is whether the clients want to stay in control of their compromises and settlement and diminish the negative financial impact of the divorce by keeping legal fees to a minimum. Yes, amiability can make the process smoother, but the essence of mediation lies not in cordiality but in willingness—a shared determination to negotiate and arrive at a resolution.

Myth 2: Mediation Means No Lawyers

Many people believe that opting for mediation means forgoing legal representation. In fact, mediation is not about eliminating lawyers but about transforming the traditionally antagonistic dynamic into a collaborative process. Unmani Saraswati of Mediation Offices does not intend to replace your lawyer. Instead, it provides a neutral attorney with specialized skills to guide both parties through the process. Around one-third to one-half of Unmani’s mediation clients choose to work one on one with a consulting attorney, who works outside of the mediation process to support their one client in negotiating their settlement to its most effective result.

Myth 3: Mediation Equals Giving Up Your Rights

This myth is particularly misleading and harmful. In reality, one of Unmani’s main jobs as a mediator attorney is to ensure that your rights and interests are at the forefront of every decision made during mediation. The process promotes open and honest communication, which empowers both parties to express their needs, desires, and concerns.

Myth 4: Mediation Takes Too Long

Some people believe that mediation is a long-winded process. However, in practice, mediation can significantly expedite the divorce process compared to traditional litigation. At Mediation Offices, we tailor our mediation sessions to suit the pace and availability of the clients.

Further, our office offers remote mediation, a boon for busy individuals or those living at a distance. This service allows you to attend mediation sessions without physically being in the office, removing geographical or scheduling obstacles. Consequently, mediation, especially when facilitated by a skilled mediator, can offer a quicker and more efficient route to a finalized divorce.

Why Choose Mediation Offices?

Recognized for its proficiency in Alameda County divorce mediation, Unmani Saraswati of Mediation Offices provides services that extend beyond the conventional. With an experienced attorney proficient in family law mediation, collaborative practice, consulting attorney services, and divorce coaching, she’s equipped to support you every step of the way.

Her innovative approach offers an optimal blend of personal interaction and digital convenience. When you choose Unmani’s remote mediation services, rest assured that your needs and concerns will be handled with utmost discretion and professionalism.

Don’t let misconceptions about divorce mediation prevent you from exploring this effective, collaborative method of resolving disputes. It’s time to break away from the stigmas and myths and embrace a process that prioritizes respect, communication, and mutual understanding.

Take control of your future today. Don’t just settle for any family law mediation in Alameda County. Choose Unmani Saraswati of Mediation Offices. Call Unmani at Mediation Offices today for your free consultation and let’s debunk these myths together.

We were blessed to have her to help us through the rough spots in our lives.

Unmani is truly a blessing for those who find themselves ready to work with their soon-to-be-ex to bring a mutually satisfactory, peaceful end to their relationship.  Animosity and belligerence are optional in our lives, and Unmani is adept at reminding us of that and keeping us true to our better selves.  She has that rare gift for being light-hearted and no-nonsense at once, which of course is just what one needs at a time like that.  We were blessed to have her to help us through the rough spots in our lives.

- Don G.
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