Private Judging for Divorce Mediation in California

The Path to a Better Divorce

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Bakersfield Private Judging Attorneys

The Benefits of Using Private Judging in CA

If you feel a judge could help you and your partner reach an equitable resolution in your divorce but don’t want to deal with a time-consuming court case, you’re not alone. Private judging offers you the chance to utilize a judge without worrying about going to court.

Our Bakersfield private judging lawyers can help you find the best path forward in your private judging case. Call us at or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation online.

To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or via phone at 949-368-2121.

What Will My Private Judging Case Look Like?

Typically, our private judging cases look something like this:
  • We meet with both parties to learn more about the case. Once we have a good idea of what we’re dealing with, we’ll collect disclosures from both parties. The disclosures let the public court overseeing the case know the parties intend to use private judging and the extent of the private judging arrangement.
  • We take some time to assess the case ourselves. This helps us work with clients to help them understand what they can expect from their private judging, and how they may wish to present their case to the judge.
  • We schedule a consultation with a private judge in our office. As a result, individuals who utilize private judging don’t have to go to court.
  • The private judge will hold a hearing and come to a decision. Once the private judge makes a judgment, they will submit their findings to the public court overseeing the case (usually the county court where one or both parties live). At this stage, the public court typically approves the private judge’s judgment and resolves the case.
When you use private judging, you and the other party will be able to choose not only the judge but also the extent to which their ruling is final. As a result, private judging is a great option for individuals who want their case to have a lower profile or want an alternative to other forms of dispute resolution that’s a bit more structured.

To schedule a free consultation, contact us online or via phone at 949-368-2121.

Meet Our Team

Experienced in Guiding You To a Resolution

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Headshot of Lani Baron, divorce mediator at Alternative Divorce Solutions

Lani Baron


Headshot of Jeanann Khalife, attorney mediator at Alternative Divorce Solutions

Jeanann Khalife

& Managing Partner

Clients Share Their Stories

Stories Like These Inspire Us Every Day

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“Thank you for all your knowledge, conscientiousness, and kindness.”

– Beverly

“First and foremost, I found that I had a lot to learn about the divorce mediation process. I did not exactly know what the role of the mediator was or if we would still have to go to Court.”

– Donald B.

“I was so stressed out before I went to ADS. Once I got there Lani sat with me and my husband and explained the whole mediation process. After I left I knew exactly what to expect and ADS lived up to my expectations.”

– Giz S.

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The First Step Starts With You

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Top 10 Reasons
To Choose Mediation
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  • You get to be in control of your divorce.
  • Tailored solutions based on your needs.
  • Focus on your emotional well-being.
  • Eliminates combative power struggles.
  • Less stressful for every family member.
  • Neutral help from a qualified mediator.
  • Completely private and confidential.
  • Can protect the interests of young children.
  • Saves time by preventing long litigation.
  • Less money spent on attorney and court filing fees.