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Is mediation right for you?

You likely hear and see advertisements all of the time in Los Angeles that tout the benefits of divorce mediation. Indeed, the advantages such ads touch upon (cost-effectiveness, speed and ease of completion) are all true. A question you should be asking yourself, however, is whether or not it is best for your particular case. 

There are actually some scenarios where mediation may not be the most advantageous option available to you. These may include: 

  • If you were the victim of domestic violence: Even if you have a protective order against your abusive spouse, you may not want to consider trying to work with him or her through mediation. First and foremost, the protections available in a courtroom often cannot be replicated in a mediator's office. In addition, your fear of him or her may prompt you to agree to unfavorable terms just to get the process over with. 
  • If you feel like you are in a hurry to get divorced: While the speed with which mediation can be completed is listed among its benefits, you do not have to work through it quickly. You should still take the time needed to completely evaluate every aspect of your case. If speed is the only reason your considering mediation, you may want question why before committing to the process. 
  • Yours and/or your spouse's unique case is not suited for it: The American Bar Association points out that if aspects of your case make dealing with your spouse in a respectful or mature manner difficult, mediation may not be for you. 

These points are not meant to be legal advice or to deter you from electing to go through mediation. Rather, they are simply offered to help you make decisions that will end up being the most beneficial for your case. 

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