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The effectiveness of mediation in California

The cost of divorce can be expensive after considering the experts and other professionals that may need to be hired. However, going through mediation may offer a cost-effective and timely solution to finalizing a divorce. Assuming there is no history of emotional, physical or mental abuse in the marriage, it can offer couples a way to talk though their issues before a neutral party.

Mediation may be most effective for those who are able to best articulate their own positions. While it is often advisable to have an attorney assist with the mediation process, it may be more cost-effective for people to represent themselves. This means that they need to be confident and able to hold their own in negotiations. It also means that both parties need to be understanding of the other person's positions during the mediation process.

Therefore, those who don't communicate well with each other may not benefit from it. Both parties must also be confident that nothing is being hidden from the other. For example, if a spouse is hiding assets, it may be necessary to hire forensic accountants, which could be expensive and negate the main benefit of mediation. People should only go through the process if they think it will work. Otherwise, litigation may be the most effective way to resolve the open issues.

Opting for mediation to settle a divorce may reduce emotional stress and allow people to achieve closure and move on with their lives. Those who may need extra assistance to make mediation work for them may wish to consult with an attorney to learn more about what the process entails.

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