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.
Mediation is a non-adversarial approach to divorce. The mediation process allows divorcing parties and those with other family law issues to resolve their dispute amicably. 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 professional, to discuss their issues and to arrive at an agreement that works best for both of them and for their family.
In the mediation process the Mediator is a neutral intermediary who assists the parties in identifying their issues and facillitates their discussions in order to help the parties to come to agreement. 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 confidential and in most cases in California the clients will never have to appear in court to finalize their matter. This allows the parties to keep their personal issues, children and finances out of the public forum of a courtroom.
Attorney Guthrie has been a practicing family law attorney in Connecticut for over 27 years. After many years as a family law litigator, and seeing the negative impact on clients and their families of the adversarial approach, Attorney Guthrie opened her own practice in Connecticut focused on the non-adversarial approaches to resolving family law issues.
Now located in La Jolla, California, she established La Jolla Mediation in order to bring the advantages of divorce mediation to the residents of San Diego and to help them to move forward in a Better Way. Although Attorney Guthrie is not licensed to practice law in California, as a divorce mediator, she brings her wealth of knowledge and experience in the family law and divorce arena to the table in assisting the parties in coming to agreement in mediation.
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.
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