Keeping The Peace
After many years working in family law, you can say you have seen almost everything. The good, the bad, and the very, very ugly of humanity are put on display as couples go through one of the most stressful and emotional times in their lives.
This is often unfortunately amplified by the goading of their lawyers looking to score a higher commission or drawing out the process to charge for more billable hours. An otherwise amicable split of two people who have determined that they are simply not compatible turns into a hateful and deeply embittered fight to the bitter end.
One of the first things I tell any couple considering a divorce is to leave litigation as a final option if all else fails. There are many alternatives that may save the marriage or, failing that, create a peaceful post-marriage relationship in which a healthy family environment can be maintained for any children the marriage produced.
If the marriage is doomed and the couple want out of the relationship with as little damage as possible, the best option is to utilize the services of a divorce mediator. Mediators help the couple work together to create a divorce settlement that they can both be happy with, which requires a deft hand that can keep the discussion on track and on topic.
To these ends, you need a divorce mediator that is capable and experienced. In Orange County, the best option is enlisting the services of McNamee Mediations, a firm known for its responsiveness, conscientiousness, and the results it produces for clients. Don’t take it from me, take it from them:
Colleen is EXCEPTIONAL and amazing to work with. She is great at explaining things, particularly a process I knew nothing about previously, and makes it all digestible and the overall experience is comfortable and welcoming for everyone involved. She is very responsive, timely, ALWAYS comes prepared, and is compassionate. I highly recommend her! Definitely reach out! – Michael Sabogal, Google Review
I didn’t know what to expect as I was headed into uncharted territory and frankly scared and stressed out. Neither my ex-husband nor I wanted to waste money and time with attorneys so we searched for mediators. I came across Colleen and she had rave reviews. We were not disappointed, I couldn’t have felt luckier that I found her and hired her after just talking to her on the phone. She put my mind at ease and was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. The whole process went smoothly and quickly and Colleen even made a house call when my ex had an unexpected injury and we needed to have documents signed that day. I can’t thank Colleen enough and highly recommend her! – Beth Blower, Google Review
We highly recommend Colleen’s mediation services. Prior to our marriage, Colleen sat down with us to write a prenuptial agreement. We had both previously gone through divorces that were costly and unfair in distributing assets. During a time of great happiness, it can feel awkward to discuss finances and future distributions should divorce occur. However, Colleen made the experience a positive one as she helped us craft a prenuptial agreement we both felt was fair. This was important for each of us to feel secure coming into this new marriage. Colleen was gracious, kind and explained everything each step of the way. She is a true professional and her experience and character shone through! – Erin Augusta, Google Review
Like an especially destructive war, divorce can leave an inhospitable desert where once there was a meadow-but it doesn’t have to. Mediation can salvage a broken marriage and transform it into an amicable friendship. If you’re interested in learning some divorce mediation tips, give McNamee Mediations’ website a look. If you’d like a consultation, call their office:
4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660