We do not require a retainer. Fortunately, when the Pandemic hit us in March 2020, we had already been a paperless office for many years with two cloud based case management systems. However, the Pandemic propelled us to make many improvements to our client service protocols, retainer requirements, direct calendaring, electronic exchanges and remote systems being some examples. This has allowed our firm to concentrate more on client service and less on wasteful antiquated management systems. If you entrust us with your family law matter, you'll be in excellent hands.

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Castro Valley, CA Divorce Mediation Lawyer

If you hope to keep your divorce out of court, you can benefit from speaking with a reputable Castro Valley, CA divorce mediation lawyer at Attorney Bernie about your options. Although mediating one’s divorce terms is not the best option for every divorce-related situation, it can be an efficient, cost-effective, time-conscious, and relatively amicable approach that can benefit those for whom it is a viable option. 

Divorce Mediation Lawyer Castro Valley, CA

Once you schedule a consultation with a Castro Valley divorce mediation lawyer at our firm, we can help you to make an informed decision about whether divorce mediation may be a good option for your situation uniquely.

What exactly does divorce mediation entail? Essentially, instead of handing control of your divorce-related fate over to a judge, you and your spouse will engage in a form of negotiation – alongside your attorneys – that features the assistance of a third-party neutral known as a mediator. Mediators don’t dictate terms, nor do they rule on any issues. Instead, they help to ensure that negotiations remain productive and focused so that the parties are more likely to reach a mutually-agreeable resolution to their differences in a timely fashion.

“But,” you may be thinking, “My spouse and I do nothing but fight. How could we possibly resolve our differences amicably?” Mediation sessions usually take place with both spouses, their attorneys, and the mediator all in one room. But, if your circumstances are so contentious that being in the same room with your spouse isn’t advisable, it may be possible to keep both parties in separate locations and to have the mediator shuttle back and forth when facilitating negotiations in order to keep the process moving fruitfully.

Potential Benefits Of Divorce Mediation

Litigated divorce cases tend to be expensive, resource-intensive, stressful, drawn-out processes. Sometimes, litigating a divorce is necessary to achieve an important goal, like retaining ownership of a valuable asset or maintaining a specific child custody arrangement. However, when a fair outcome can be achieved without the costs and risks associated with litigation, mediation is often the route most likely to produce such results quickly and to result in less stress than attorney-led negotiations alone. Mediation helps to keep everyone – including your spouse’s lawyer – honest and on track, which can help to speed things along and better ensure a successful outcome.

Legal Assistance Is Available

If you are interested in exploring the potential benefits of divorce mediation, know that the client-focused team at Attorney Bernie is available to help. We firmly believe in assisting our clients in ways that truly safeguard their rights and reflect their best interests. As a result, we will always provide you with accessible guidance, meaningful support, and straightforward analyses of whether any particular course of action is likely to move you closer to the goal of a fair and favorable outcome or not. To learn more about our firm’s approach to representation, please connect with our firm’s reputable Castro Valley divorce mediation lawyer today. Our team looks forward to speaking with you.

Client Review

"Bernie and his team have been incredible! Always responsive, professional, and, most importantly, ethical. Bernie's recommendations are exactly what I would expect from a professional in this field. He does not want you wasting your money on something a judge won't ultimately approve in court. In my experience, his team has tried to save me money where they could. I highly recommend him and his team. They will put in the time and effort to ensure you are well represented!"
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