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Why go through a mediated divorce in California

When a couple in California decides to end their marriage, one of their options is to go through a mediated divorce. There are a number of benefits to opting for this type of divorce, including the fact that a couple will have greater control over how matters are decided, and mediated divorces also tend to be less acrimonious than litigated divorces.

During normal divorce proceedings in a courtroom, both parties will be put under oath and have to answer questions. These questions may sometimes be uncomfortable to answer in a public setting. Further, witnesses, including friends, family members and neighbors, may also be called to testify and answer questions about a couple and their marriage. With a mediated divorce, however, this is not necessary.

Another major benefit of a mediated divorce is that it tends to be faster and less expensive than a litigated divorce. Individuals are also able to ask for anything they want; however, they may not necessarily get it. With a mediated divorce, couples don't necessarily have to follow the guidelines set down by law that outline how things like spousal support and child support are determined. If a couple can agree on something, it is how the matter will be decided.

While divorce mediation can be a mutually beneficial way to settle matters related to a divorce, it isn't always possible. If two people aren't able to come to an agreement on issues related to their split, such as asset division or who should get custody of children, then the divorce will need to be litigated. In these cases, it will be up to a judge to make determinations about the outcome of a divorce based on legal guidelines. A lawyer could explain what these guidelines are and the differences between a litigated and mediated divorce.

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