Mediation & Collaborative Divorce
Divorce does not have to involve litigation. At Lonich & Patton, we provide divorce mediation services to clients throughout the South Bay, the Silicon Valley and northern California. Michael E. Lonich facilitates all family law mediations handled by the firm, and he is widely regarded as one of Silicon Valley's most effective mediators.
Why Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is a collaborative process that provides more control to people going through a divorce. By contrast, divorce litigation is an adversarial process that typically results in a judge making important decisions that impact families. While it is not necessary for people to agree on all issues for divorce mediation to be successful, it is vital that people are willing to work together to find solutions to contentious issues.
Michael Lonich works closely with parties to help them shape the decisions that will be drafted into the marital settlement agreement. In addition to handling divorce mediations, he has extensive experience in handling business law litigation. He draws on his business background when mediating divorce matters for business owners, executives, foreign nationals and their spouses.
When opting for divorce mediation, we always recommend that people hire a lawyer to review the final documents. Hiring a lawyer to review mediation documents is not antithetical to the mediation process; it can be an important step in making sure your personal interests are protected.
When Divorce Meditation Does not Work
While divorce mediation works in many situations, it is not always appropriate. Litigation is often the best option in situations where there is domestic violence, one party refuses to cooperate in making required disclosures, or communication between the parties is impossible.
Contact Our San Jose Family Law Mediator
If you have any questions about divorce mediation and would like to speak to an attorney, please contact Lonich & Patton for a free initial consultation. Our attorneys can be reached by phone at (408) 553-0801 or through the intake form on our Contact Us page.
1871 The Alameda, Ste. 475
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 553-0801
Fax: (408) 553-0807 firstname.lastname@example.org
Where We Practice
Lonich & Patton, LLP handles matters for clients in northern California, especially San Jose and Silicon Valley. Our services are available to anyone within the following counties: Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito. For a full listing of areas where we practice, please click here.