Mediation or Collaborative Divorce Services
Law Offices of Keith Banks offers legal assistance to residents of Yolo, Sacramento, Solano and Placer counties wishing to pursue a collaborative divorce.
Divorce does not have to be contentious. Sometimes parties have decided to amicably split but need the help of a neutral third party, or parties, to help encourage and facilitate the cooperation and compromise.
Mediated divorce is when the parties work with a sole attorney to resolve their divorce. Under this model, the attorney will not directly represent either party but will instead work equally with both parties to settle their arguments and find terms that are acceptable and beneficial to all. Please note that there are certain legal limitations that constrain a mediator when it comes to providing actual legal advice in this situation. The Law Offices of Keith Banks will ensure that you understand all of these limitations so that you can make the choice that is right for you.
Collaborative divorce, or collaborative negotiation, is a joint effort wherein the parties and two attorneys work to settle any existing issues in a positive and constructive fashion. Not only have we found that this minimizes the stress and trauma of a divorce, but it also saves both time and money that would otherwise be spent on attorney and court fees. However, with this model, each party has their own attorney that they can seek advice from during the collaboration.
Should either party ultimately decide that the collaboration or mediation is not working for them, they may immediately withdraw form the process, for whatever reason, and turn instead to the more traditional divorce path.
Our firm enjoys nothing more than when two parties work together to begin their new paths in life. We will work together in concert with all parties to ensure a smooth transition, as well as keep you fully informed.