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Alternative ways to resolve disputes in California

When people are facing the end of their marriages, they can choose to handle the process through mediation, arbitration or litigation. Almost anything that can be taken to trial can be taken to mediation, which means that it should be an option for resolving most divorce cases. Mediation is a private negotiation process that is controlled by the parties while arbitration is like a trial but with more privacy.

The only possible drawback to mediation or arbitration is that both parties must hire the mediator or arbitrator. In some cases, a couple may be required to attempt mediation before going to trial. It may also be possible to mediate or arbitrate a portion of a case and litigate other portions of it. In mediation, the mediator acts as a facilitator who is tasked with getting both sides talking in a productive manner.

Arbitration is a process where each side may present evidence and witness testimony. Cases are generally heard by up to three people with the decision being in most cases binding. The decision may only be appealed in specific circumstances. Going through arbitration may be preferable for those who prefer to keep the results to themselves as getting public court records sealed can be a difficult task.

Couples who are going through a dispute over spousal support or property division may want to opt for mediation if in fact they are able to have a constructive dialogue. They are each entitled to have the advice and counsel of their respective family law attorneys throughout the process.

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