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Divorce Mediation Lawyers in Carlsbad

In-House Divorce Mediation Services in North County & All of San Diego County

At Griffith, Young & Lass, we want to help you divorce without ever stepping foot in a courtroom. If you live in or around the areas of Carlsbad, Vista, or San Marcos, California and you are considering divorce, call an experienced Carlsbad divorce mediation lawyer from our team for mediation assistance that will allow you to forgo a drawn-out battle in court.

Divorce is an emotional life event that can bring with it a lot of frustration and pain. It can impact the lives of both parties and any children you share in unique, emotional, and psychological ways. Mediation offers an alternative method for both parties to reach an amicable agreement without the lengthy court battles.

What Is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a process that allows you to divorce your spouse with the help of a specially trained and completely neutral third party. During the mediation sessions, you will be able to discuss and resolve common divorce-related issues.

Many couples prefer divorce mediation because the process is typically less stressful and less costly than your average divorce trial. The process is also typically faster, which suits most divorcing couples.

What Will Be Covered During Your Divorce Mediation

During the mediation process, the mediator can help you and your spouse resolve the below talking points in a calm and organized manner, without shouting or heavy emotions getting in the way:

  • Property Division: You and your spouse will need to discuss what to do with your family home. If the home will be sold, the proceeds of the sale should be split among both parties. You will also need to talk about how to split up bank accounts, retirement accounts, and any other property the two of you co-own.
  • Child Support and Custody / Visitation: Unless you and your spouse are going to agree on 50/50 custody, one of you will need to be named as the parent with primary custody (the custodial parent) and the other the non-custodial parent. The non-custodial parent will receive visitation and might be required to pay child support. A visitation schedule will need to be devised that takes into account vacations, the children’s extracurricular activities, and how to handle birthday parties and holidays. If child support is owed, that amount will also need to be discussed before a final resolution is found.
  • Alimony / Spousal Support: Longer lasting divorces may involve alimony or spousal support. The primary earner may need to pay the lower earner a monthly amount, as well as take care of mortgage and health insurance payments, for example, at least for a period time following the divorce.

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  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS
  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS
  • Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS
  • Noelle J. Slattery, Esq.
  • Eric Cowdery, Esq.
  • Joshua Yee, Esq.
  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.
  • Lea Trojanowski, Esq.
  • Greyson Sharp, Esq.
  • John N. Griffith, Esq., CFLS John N. Griffith, Esq., 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. Prior to opening Griffith, Young & Lass, he worked as the managing partner of one of the largest family law firms in North County San Diego.
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  • Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS


    Catie E. Young excels in child custody cases and move-away trials. She has a unique approach to child custody cases and clients of Griffith, Young & Lass tend to gravitate toward her in these cases. Since joining the firm, she has continuously brought her zeal and compassion to representing clients in child custody and domestic violence cases, and in December 2011, she became a partner at Griffith, Young & Lass.
    Catie E. Young, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS Amy J. Lass, Esq., CFLS


    Amy Lass, a certified family law specialist, 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. Amy went on to earn her law degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law and graduated cum laude in 2006.
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  • Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS Shirin Asgari, Esq., CFLS


    Attorney Shirin Asgari has a broad spectrum of legal experience and has handled matters in family law, criminal law, business law, and national security law. Currently, she focuses on family law matters and is a strong advocate for the rights of her clients. She dedicates time and attention to the needs of each client and the unique circumstances their case presents.
    Shirin  Asgari, Esq., CFLS Photo
  • Noelle J. Slattery, Esq. Noelle J. Slattery, Esq.


    Noelle J. Slattery, Esq. has a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts/Acting from Emerson College in Boston and a Juris Doctor ...
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  • Eric Cowdery, Esq. Eric Cowdery, Esq.


    Eric Cowdery earned his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees before earning his JD from Golden Gate University as part of the Honors Lawyering Program. He was admitted to the California Bar Association in 2013 and has been working diligently in the field ever since. Taking a personalized approach to each case, Eric Cowdery is committed to working with clients to help them through the often confusing and complex legal process of divorce.

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  • Joshua Yee, Esq. Joshua Yee, Esq.


    Attorney Joshua Yeereceived his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, from the University of California, San Diego. Joshua went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco. His experience working with a local Certified Family Law Specialist solidified his desire to become a family law attorney. Since becoming an attorney, Josh has exclusively practiced in family law.
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  • Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq. Shaudi Malekzadeh, Esq.


    Shaudi Malekzadeh is a Carlsbad family law attorney at Griffith, Young & Lass, advocating for the rights and interests of Southern California families in a variety of family law cases, such as child custody, alimony, spousal support, and the division of community property. She is committed to delivering effective legal representation to our clients, aggressively advocating for their legal rights, and offering compassionate legal advice.
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  • Lea Trojanowski, Esq. Lea Trojanowski, Esq.


    Lea Trojanowski is an attorney with Griffith, Young, and Lass, joining the firm in March 2021. Her pragmatic and level-headed approach to family law has allowed her to be successful in even the most emotional family law cases. Lea has effectively represented clients in a wide range of family law proceedings, but is particularly drawn to domestic violence restraining order cases.
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  • Greyson Sharp, Esq. Greyson Sharp, Esq.


    Greyson Sharp received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from California State University, Fresno. After ...
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What to Bring to Divorce Mediation in CA

Here is a list of recommended documents and materials to bring to your divorce mediation session. Make sure to bring any documents that state your case with regard to the major factors affecting most divorces. These include:

1. Financial information:

  • You should bring organized financial records and documents related to any accounts, properties, businesses and assets you own.
  • Bring a record of debts you and your spouse may owe.

2. Children:

  • You might want to bring along medical and school records for children, as well as any documents relating to extracurriculars and special needs requirements.
  • Bring anything related to custody agreements that you may own, such as a documented parenting plan that you and your spouse wrote.

3. Alimony:

  • Bring list of household income and expenses will be needed to calculate spousal support.

4. Other:

  • If you feel that a document or witness will help you get what you most want in your mediation sessions, by all means bring those along.
  • With mediation, it is better to have and not need than to need and not have, particularly if you want a resolution sooner rather than later.

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How Long Does Divorce Mediation Take?

There is no clear answer to this question, unfortunately. In many cases, divorce can be settled as quickly as a single day. However, this can only happen if both spouses are willing to settle their agreements without issue.

In many divorce mediations, more time may be needed. If a separate bank account is uncovered during the mediation session, for example, more time may be required to research the account and print up the necessary financial documents before the matter can be discussed in front of the mediator.

The most important thing to know is that as long as you and your spouse are willing to cooperate and find a peaceful resolution, your mediated divorce shouldn’t take long at all. You can speed up the time by working with a qualified family attorney. An attorney familiar with mediation can help you devise the necessary strategies for an easier and quicker time at the mediation table.

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How Can I Get a Quick Divorce in California?

The average divorce can take months or years to complete. For that reason, many people think that a quick divorce is an impossibility. It is only when couples learn about divorce mediation that the clouds begin to part, and a ray of hope begins to shine through.

Instead of divorce court, which requires you and your spouse to potentially hire attorneys and testify in front of a judge, mediation is a calmer and more peaceful process.

During mediation, you and your spouse will show up to sessions that are usually held in a boardroom, not a courtroom. You are able to discuss matters openly so that a fair resolution can be made.

Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? While mediation can work for many, the process is not for every couple. And the fact is, only a select few will qualify.

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Divorce Mediation Checklist

Mediation is only an option if you can mark “yes” to all of the items listed below.

  1. Are both spouses on the same page?
    Despite the popular trope of quarrelsome divorcing couples, you and your spouse don’t have to be at odds just because you’re splitting up! In fact, for the mediation process to be successful, you and your spouse need to agree to avoid conflict at all costs.
  2. Is the marriage free of domestic violence?
    Mediation may involve frequent meetings with your spouse. If there is a history of abuse on either side, mediation is unlikely to work. As a general rule, mediators will avoid taking cases where domestic or other forms of violence exist in the couple’s history. After all, how can the mediator know that matters were agreed upon amicably and not by intimidation? If the mediator finds out that violence has occurred, the court will likely excuse you both from future mediation sessions. If that happens, divorce court may be your only option.
  3. Are both spouses transparent about their finances?
    Finances are one of the most complicated aspects of any divorce. You and your spouse must be willing to openly discuss all sensitive information relating to your finances, including documents from your bank listing retirement, pension, and bank accounts. You should be prepared to have all of your finances and assets analyzed, as well as your debt.
  4. Can both spouses cooperate and agree upon child custody/support and alimony/spousal support?
    Child matters and those involving alimony can also quickly complicate a divorce. When discussing child custody, visitation, and child support, both spouses must reach a final resolution that’s in the children’s best interests. Coming up with a sensible plan may prove challenging but think of the children and how they will fare moving forward. These discussions should be reasonably pursued and thorough so that a proper recommendation by the mediator can be made. The same goes with alimony and spousal support. The payee may want the amounts increased while the payor may want the amounts decreased. By looking at the finances and both spouses’ income and debt, the mediator can help you both come up with a final amount that everyone can live with.
  5. Does the couple want a faster & easier divorce?
    Mediation can take as little as a day and as long as a few weeks. Still, going this route is bound to save you time and money as opposed to divorce court, which can be expensive and last for months or even years.
  6. Do you have a competent mediator in mind?
    You will have an easier time divorcing your spouse if you choose a mediator who is firm but fair and experienced at helping clients like you come to a fair resolution. At GYL, we offer the services of experienced divorce mediation attorneys. Each of our family attorneys has worked with clients of all types to resolve disagreements for a final divorce decree that both parties can live with.

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How to Get What You Want Out of Your Divorce Mediation

You can improve your chances of obtaining the fairest outcome, and the one you want, by coming to the mediation sessions fully prepared. Hopefully, you and your spouse can work together to hash out the details in advance. If you are able to come up with a pre-set schedule for visitation and calculated amounts for child support and alimony, your mediation sessions should be over quickly, leading to a fast and easy divorce.

To ensure that you are fully prepared for any and every scenario that might play out during your mediation, come up with a variety of options you can live with as they refer to each point of discussion in your mediation session. For example, how much do you require in child support and alimony? What schedules would you be able to abide by as far as child custody and visitation are concerned? The more open you are to various possibilities, the simpler the mediation sessions are likely to go.

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Divorce Mediation FAQ

Can you really divorce in a single day?

A prevailing myth says that divorce in California has to take weeks, months, or even years to complete. Who has time for all that? When you decide to divorce your spouse, you want the process done and over with, which can certainly happen with divorce mediation.

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation allows you and your spouse to work with a neutral third-party. The mediation specialist will guide you and your spouse to a peaceful resolution. The mediator should be experienced and trained to help couples resolve common divorce issues like alimony, child support, and child custody.

Above all, the mediator will help you and your spouse quickly divorce – sometimes in a single day – without the need for expensive and drawn-out court battles.

What is the role of a mediator in divorce?

A mediator is a trained and experienced third-party who will guide you through the mediation process. A mediator is not a judge. As such, the individual has no power to “rule” over any deciding factors, such as child support and alimony. Rather, acting as a neutral party, the mediator will direct you and your spouse to an amicable resolution with facts and reason, rather than emotion.

What happens in divorce mediation?

The process of mediation begins when you and your spouse decide to use this method instead of opting for divorce court. In California, mediation is voluntary. This means that if your spouse doesn’t want mediation, and instead wishes to go to court, no one can force him or her to comply. Therefore, both you and your spouse need to be on board before the process can begin.

Who sets up the mediation during a divorce?

To be open for mediation, both you and your spouse must be willing to negotiate the proper terms of the divorce. Once both parties agree, the next step is to find a mediator and set up the first meeting. During the mediation sessions, you and your spouse will sit down (with or without your attorney present) to begin discussing the specifics of divorce.

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How to Engage in Divorce Mediation with a Narcissist

If you are divorcing a narcissist, you may wonder how mediation will go when your spouse wants to make the situation all about themself. Narcissists lack empathy and have a sense of entitlement, which can make the divorce process extra complicated. Your spouse may not care that you are left with very little, so long as they get the king or queen’s share of your property and assets, for example.

The only way mediation will work when narcissism is added to the mix is if your spouse can listen to reason and suspend their grandiose sense of self long enough to make a resolution happen.

Of course, your spouse’s condition may make mediation impossible and divorce court may be the only option, unfortunately.

On the other hand, you may be able to convince your spouse to play ball by alerting them to how expensive and time-consuming a contentious court case can be. Mediation can be over sooner, allowing you both to move on with your separate lives.

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5 Important Reasons to Consider Divorce Mediation

  1. You will have an easier time divorcing your spouse. Divorcing your spouse doesn’t have to involve back-and-forth court battles between each party’s attorney. With divorce mediation, you can settle matters between your spouse in a safe environment free from arguing and without using your lawyer as a mouthpiece. In a mediation setting, you can speak your mind and state your case, so long as you’re willing to hear the other side in order to come to a fair agreement.
  2. Divorce mediation can save you time and money. The average divorce can go on for years, with you paying the cost every step of the way. With mediation, you have the possibility of settling your divorce amicably and in a single day. Without the added expense, you can fund a fresh start on the next chapter of your life.
  3. You can agree upon a peaceful resolution to child support and visitation discussions. Divorce court can be especially difficult for the kids. Mediation allows both spouses to discuss the needs of the children so an arrangement can be made that benefits all parties involved. In divorce court, the Judge presiding over the case always wants to do what’s best for the children. In mediation, it is up to you and your spouse (guided by your mediator) to devise a plan that gives your children the best chance for a healthy life.
  4. You have the opportunity to speak freely with your spouse in a private and calm atmosphere. The divorce mediation setting is held away from the courtroom. All matters discussed during the divorce will be kept private, so long as the details don’t pertain to public records. You can discuss matters freely with your spouse without the heated emotions or threats so you can both come to an adequate compromise.
  5. You will be able to settle all important matters more quickly and with less stress. If you are dreading divorce court, avoid it entirely and opt instead for divorce mediation. If you and your spouse can agree on important matters like alimony, child support, child custody, prenuptial agreements, and others that may arise, mediation may be for you.

At GYL, we offer the services of an experienced Carlsbad divorce mediation lawyer serving all of San Diego County. Get your questions answered and make the best decisions for your divorce in 1 day by scheduling a consultation today.

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Ready to Start the Mediation Process in North County? Call GYL Today!

Get an attorney with mediation experience to help you resolve your conflicts by calling our legal team at GYL, located in Carlsbad, California. You could be divorced in one day or at least sooner than you suspect. Get your questions answered and make the best decisions for your divorce by scheduling a consultation today.

Reach a Carlsbad divorce mediation lawyer at our firm today! Call (858) 371-5569 or contact us online.

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