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Divorce mediation: the pros and cons

Whether it is divorce or legal separation, procedures can initially seem overwhelming. Yet mediation in California is a process many spouses are turning to, since it allows a neutral third party to help determine the often tricky details of divorce.

In California, individuals may select from a number of divorce cases; mediation is widely seen as a positive alternative to solving complex issues of divorce. While there are pros and cons to this approach to divorce, many claim that having a mediator involved allows for, at minimum, more peace of mind during the process.

The Pros and Cons

An article in Forbes weighs in on those pros and cons. Because a mediator must be extremely well-versed in divorce and family law, many spouses choose this route to avoid complications in the future. A neutral third party can also look at situations objectively, but spouses must meet with their individual attorneys during the mediation process. Some advantages to mediation include a smoother process, wherein spouses may use mediation to avoid tension in court, less stress on children with peaceful proceedings and more control over the divorce. Overall, divorce mediation can help spouses avoid the many obstacles of a regular legal divorce, and instead focus on the physical and emotional wellbeing of all of those involved.

The Process

The California Court System provides information on the legal process of divorce mediation, noting that although mediators help spouses reach their own decisions regarding divorce, the mediators themselves cannot force individuals to agree on any aspect. In the case that couples do not reach an agreement, they may choose to go to trial.  

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