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Would divorce mediation be a helpful option for me?

When people think about divorce, they often imagine contentious battles that drag out between husband and wife as they work to dissolve their marriage. However, divorce does not have to be that way. Through divorce mediation, it is possible for a divorcing couple in California to minimize their conflict when addressing important matters.

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

Mediation enables two individuals who are getting divorced to maintain a sense of control. It essentially empowers them to plan their lives and make wise decisions concerning their futures. This process is particularly helpful for two people who will be co-parents, as these individuals will have to make joint decisions regarding their children in the years ahead.

One huge benefit of mediation is that it is usually less costly than litigation. This legal process also tends to not be as contentious, so you can achieve an agreement with your future ex and quickly move on with your life. Finally, it makes it possible for you and your future ex to determine your divorce terms and child custody terms, rather than having a judge decide these essential personal matters for you.

How exactly does divorce mediation work?

With mediation, a neutral third party helps a couple to resolve their divorce-related issues by facilitating their communication and ensuring that both parties have opportunities to speak without interruption. The mediator may also ask either individual to explain or restate one of his or her points as needed.

The mediator additionally offers relevant information regarding the legal system, including how judges may view issues and what alternatives are available for solving an issue. The mediator may also refer the two divorcing individuals to a third party expert, such as an appraiser, if necessary. Mediation sessions typically last from one to two hours long. There is an initial meeting followed by additional meetings until an agreement can be reached on all of the issues being disputed.

The divorce process can understandably be overwhelming for both financial and emotional reasons. However, a knowledgeable attorney who handles mediation can guide you through the process and help you to reach a resolution with your spouse that is mutually satisfactory and in your best long-term interests.

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