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Ask a Divorce Lawyer – Mediation

Aside from traditional family law litigation, the attorneys at Griffith, Young & Lass also help families through their divorce via uncontested mediation. A divorce can go one of two routes: mediation or litigation. Mediation, if successful, is generally exponentially cheaper and much faster than a litigated contested divorce. Mediation is a great option for those couples that are able to sit down, set emotions aside and agree to something that works for both sides. You have to remember going into mediation that nobody is a winner in a divorce. The ability to compromise is essential for mediation to be successful.

Partner Amy Lass is Griffith, Young & Lass’ primary mediation specialist:

“I often recommend mediation for my clients because they will have a direct say in arriving at their settlement rather than having a judge tell them how to parent their children or pay their bills,” says Lass. “In many cases, the courtroom isn’t necessary for a divorce. Many couples are willing to work toward settlement on their own with the guidance of our legal counsel.”

Retaining your own independent family lawyer while going through mediation is not required, but having one proves very helpful—especially in complex asset cases. Many couples are bombarded with legal jargon and don’t understand the legal agreements their divorce entails. Our lawyers practice exclusively in family and divorce law and know the ins-and-outs of the California family courts system.

Divorce can be a difficult and emotional time for you and your family. At Griffith, Young & Lass, we handle the legal side of your divorce and save you and your spouse the additional stress of getting through the system.

Mediation is a great option for you and your spouse if you want to work together to arrive at a settlement that best suits the needs of both parties involved. We’re here to help you and your spouse develop the perfect settlement for your family.

Of course not every case can be settled in mediation. For a detailed explanation of what you can expect if your case goes to trial click here

Meet Your Dedicated San Diego Family Attorneys
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS
Family Attorney John N. Griffith, CFLS

Family Attorney, John N. Griffith, CFLS

John Griffith has practiced exclusively in the area of family law since 2009. John is a Certified Family Law Specialist certified as an expert in the area of family law by the California Board of Legal Specialization.

858-345-1720
john@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.
Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

Family Attorney, Catie E. Young, ESQ.

San Diego family lawyer Catie Young has a wide range of litigation experience. She has worked in civil litigation. She has successfully represented clients in many areas of family law including child support, child custody, divorce and domestic violence. She has a unique approach to each child custody case, so clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases.

858-345-1720
catie@gylfamilylaw.com

Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.
Family Attorney Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Family Attorney, Amy J. Lass, Esq.

Amy Lass was born in New York and raised in San Diego, California. Amy graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2003 with a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Enterprise Accounting and went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006. Amy takes a practical and cost considerate approach to the process while striving to balance the emotional needs and objectives of her clients.

858-345-1720
amy@gylfamilylaw.com

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The Typical Divorce Process in California
Discovery of Assets & Obligations (1-3 months)
1 Complaint for Divorce Filed Start of litigation
2 Complaint is Served Varies, but usually shortly after the complaint is filed
3 Answer to Complaint Due 30 days from the date of service
4 Mediation Anytime, but usually after initial discovery
5 Temporary Hearing Usually early in the process
6 Late Case Evaluation / Judicial Hosted Settlement Conference Usually near the end of the case
7 Trial (If Needed) The goal is to settle, but if your case goes to trial, it could take months after the start of litigation.
We deliver results
I am beyond grateful for the entire staff at Griffith, Young, and Lass. I don't even call myself a client anymore, they are my friends that protected my family and fought with me, side by side.-Erik H., San Diego