Thinking about divorce? Dread the idea of going to court and fighting things out? Guess what, it doesn't have to be that way. You may have another option. Divorce mediation is open to all California residents who want a better way to get through the dissolution process.
Divorce is a difficult time, and with the end of a marriage comes emotions that can make it difficult to imagine working together with your ex-spouse on any issue, but especially child custody. Despite these complex feelings and the difficulty of setting these types of emotions aside, many California parents find it beneficial to work together to co-parent their children.
When getting divorced, you naturally may feel as though your life is spiraling out of control. However, divorce mediation can help you to take full control of planning your own life and making wise decisions about your future when going through the dissolution of a marriage. Pursuing a mediated settlement in California is particularly beneficial for parents who will have to keep making decisions together long after the divorce has been finalized.
As long as you and your spouse understand the process and agree to it, mediation provides a less expensive, time consuming and contentious way to resolve your issues.
While many people have probably heard of mediation, it may not be exactly what they pictured. For most couples going through a divorce, a divorce mediation is likely in their cards. In many states, mediation is required before a couple can proceed with litigation. Some people may think this is just another situation for negotiations to take place. A "counselor" can help talk through any differences the divorcing parties may be facing. However, this is not the case and reality of a divorce mediation.
Mediation: you have probably heard of this process before. Either from a friend who has gone through a divorce before or a family member who recommends utilizing this process. In any event, most attorneys will advise you to at least consider using mediation for your divorce. This is because there are many potential benefits to using this ADR ("Alternative Dispute Resolution") method. Some of them include saving you substantial time and money.