We are a company that specializes in divorce document preparation in Santa Clarita. We are not mediators, but often work with divorce mediators in Santa Clarita and wanted to discuss these different types of mediators.
There are different types of divorce mediators out there and we wanted to share with you this information so you can make the best choice and understand what your money is paying for.
First off, let’s talk about divorce mediators that are actual attorneys. These types of divorce mediators work as a neutral third party. This means that they do not represent either one of the spouses, rather they work to assist both of you.
The divorce mediators will meet with you together, explain the law as it relates to your case so both of you can make informed decisions. They will explain what a judge may or may not order if you go court as well.
Divorce mediators who are attorneys are able to draft a Marital Settlement Agreement or MSA for short. This marital settlement agreement can be used to submit to the court and has all the legal language required in a divorce judgment.
This marital settlement agreement is then attached to the judgment forms and submitted to the court.
You are going to pay more for these types of divorce mediators because they are attorneys. However, at the end of the divorce mediation process, you will have a completed MSA ready for submission to the courts.
On the other hand, you have divorce mediators that are not attorneys. These non attorney mediators cannot provide you with a legal document used for court. Non attorney mediators cannot practice law and therefor cannot draft the MSA which is necessary to submit to the court. So at the end of your mediation in these cases, you have little more than a written document which will later need to be translated to a marital settlement agreement.
Non attorney mediators are much less in cost than attorney mediators. Essentially, this is due to the final product you receive.
Depending on what you are trying to achieve in your divorce mediation will dictate which type of divorce mediator you should chose.
We are a licensed and bonded legal document preparation firm that specializes in divorce. Please call us for more information regarding mediation services in Santa Clarita.