Considering Mediation? Our Process Keeps it Simple By Jeff Thomas

{2:45 minutes to read} If you have chosen the route of mediation to dissolve your marriage, you may already be on the right track. To make the process as easy as possible, we suggest being prepared and examining the timeline we use at Pacific Coast Mediation, so you will know what to expect.

Simply put, you will go through the following steps:


Personal Experiences: Litigation vs. Mediation By Michael T. ChristyRelationships end. Unfortunately, so do marriages. If you have gotten to the point where you are seeking a divorce, there are some things to keep in mind so that you and your spouse can get through it with the least amount of damage possible.

If you enter into typical divorce litigation, here’s what you can expect:

Once you start down the litigation path in a divorce, it is very difficult to turn back. Most times, if you’re going to prevail, you often have to make the other side look bad. This leads to one party making statements about their ex that may not be very friendly, whether they are true or not. In turn, the other side responds with the same unsavory behavior. From there on out, the battle begins, and it just gets uglier as you proceed down the line.

So what is the solution? There is an alternative: mediation. In my experience, I have learned that if I can get my clients into mediation, it affords them a better opportunity to:

Litigation in a divorce case can be brutal. I am a firm believer in mediation. Mediation can be a way for both parties to walk through the issues and come to a solution that is agreeable to everyone. At the end of the day, they can both walk away and still feel like they are alright.

Pacific Coast Mediation (PCM) offers a unique and cost-effective method for people who are considering a divorce. Normally during a mediation you only have one attorney, but with PCM you are assisted through the process by a team.

The team consists of one male mediator & one female mediator, as well as a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst/Certified Financial Planner, and/or a marriage family therapist. One mediator will be an attorney, the other will not. Overall, it is a more comfortable process and clients can walk away with the knowledge that their voice has been heard and that they have chosen the best outcome possible. Typically, mediation can cost a lot less than a regular divorce hearing.

No one wants to go through a divorce. No one wants to drag their ex-spouse through the mud. No one wants to damage their relationship with their child. If you have made the decision to get a divorce, you owe it to yourself, your spouse, and your children to look into mediation. It may be the best decision you can make in an already difficult and stressful situation. Contact us today for a complimentary in-person consultation at

Michael T. Christy