Getting divorced or attempting to resolve your family law issues is difficult under the best of circumstances. The additional stress added by the traditional litigation approach generally increases both the emotional and monetary costs of this process. Mediation offers a time and cost-effective alternative allowing people to resolve their issues in a respectful and civil manner. Mediation is appropriate for almost all family law matters, including, divorce, child custody, spousal support, child support, community property, post-divorce modification, prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements.
Unlike the traditional litigation approach where each party is represented by an attorney and the matter proceeds through the courts, mediation allows the parties to work together with the help of a trained family law professional, to discuss their issues and to arrive at an agreement that works best for both of them and for their family. The mediation process moves forward at a pace set by the parties and costs are minimized by avoiding expensive court appearances and counsel fees. In addition, the mediation process is private and in most cases the clients will never have to appear in court to finalize their matter.
Attorney Guthrie has been a practicing family law attorney for almost 30 years and works with clients in both Connecticut and California. She was recently featured in My Business Magazine https://www.mybusinessmagazine.ca/single-post/2018/02/05/SUSAN-GUTHRIE-of-LA-JOLLA-SERVICES-Provides-a-Better-Way-to-Divorce. After many years as a litigator, and seeing the negative impact on clients and their families of the adversarial approach, Attorney Guthrie opened her own practice focused on the non-adversarial approaches to resolving family law issues. She has established La Jolla Mediation in order to continue to bring the advantages of mediation to the residents of San Diego. Attorney Guthrie also continues to work with Connecticut residents in mediation and in an advisory capacity as consulting and/or review counsel. You can view her Avvo profile here https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/92037-ca-susan-guthrie-1465282.html or on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/susaneguthrie/
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The La Jolla Mediation Services Healthy Divorce Newsletter provides valuable information regarding divorce and the mediation process.