Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego

Mediation Services

Mediation can be the best approach for an amicable resolution of individual issues or an divorce. This assumes both you and your spouse, or former spouse, are emotionally able to participate in the decision making process, are informed or willing to be educated about the family finances, and are capable of understanding your legal rights once explained. All communications are private and confidential. 

By choosing mediation, you will have a higher level of control over all aspects of the divorce process; from the frequency and duration of each mediation session, the terms of the settlement, and whether to include attorneys or outside experts in the process. Control over the process not only enables you to manage costs but also results in an agreement that is more likely to be adhered to since you, rather than the court, have developed the terms of the settlement.

Mediation can be done virtually or in person, depending on your individual preference. Contact The Law Office of Alexandra R. McIntosh today.

Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego
Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego

Settlement Conferences

In a settlement conference, an attorney assists the parties by evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the case and attempting to negotiate a settlement of the disputes, like you would be ordered to attend prior to trial.

What Are the benefits of settlement conferences?

  • Cannot be used against you
  • Provide more control over your situation
  • Quicker resolution 
  • Cheaper than trial
  • Input from an experienced attorney to help resolve your dispute providing the legal basis for a position
  • The court system is so busy, judges like parties to settle their cases when possible
Overall, settlement conferences offer a range of benefits that make them an attractive option for resolving legal disputes outside of the courtroom.
Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego

Full Day Mediation or Settlement Conference

A full-day mediation or settlement conference can be a complex and intensive process, designed to help parties in a dispute reach a mutually acceptable resolution. Here’s what you can generally expect:

  •  Preparation: Both sides will gather relevant documents, review the case and develop a strategy. 
  • Introductions: A mediator will introduce themselves, explain the process and outline ground rules for the session.
  • Opening Statements: Both parties will have the chance to outline their position. 
  • Negotiations: The bulk of the day will be spent in negotiation.
  • Problem Solving: The mediator will help the parties identify areas of agreement and attempt to find solutions for areas of disagreement.
  • Documentation: When an agreement has been reach, it will be documented in writing. Parties may also discuss terms of any formal settlement. 

Price includes review of both briefs and exhibits, and both Preliminary Declarations of Disclosure. Total cost: $5,000 (or $2,500 each party)

Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego

Half Day Mediation or Settlement Conference

Half day mediations are best for cases when there are limited issues to resolve. It’s important to assess the specific circumstances of the case and the dynamics between the parties to determine the appropriate length for a mediation or settlement conference. In some cases, starting with a half-day session and extending it if necessary may be a practical approach.

Mediation Time Options:

  • Morning sessions would be from 8am to 12pm or
  • Afternoon sessions would be from 1:00pm to 5:00pm

Price includes review of both briefs and exhibits. Total cost: $2,500 (or $1,250 each party)

Mediation​ & Settlement Attorney in San Diego

Additional Services

Prenuptial Agreements: A prenuptial agreement is not just for the wealthy any more. There’s no better way to start your relationship than to know and understand and protect yourself going into the future.

Post Nuptial Agreements: An after-marriage, or post nuptial agreement, can be a great option for some couples. This agreement can bring comfort of knowing that as they continue through their marital relationship, they have a clearer understanding of their assets and the rules of engagement throughout the marriage.

Strategy Sessions: Strategy is important especially if you don’t see the direction in which your case is moving, if you feel your case has stalled, or if it always feels like you are on the defense.

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