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Why mediating your divorce could be the right way forward

Making the choice to end a marriage is not easy. Chances are that you spent months or even years considering this option and deciding the best way forward. While you may dread the complicated process ahead, you know this is the best choice for your future. In order to ease the complication associated with divorce, you may consider the benefits of mediation.

Mediation is a legal process through which two opposing parties can resolve their disputes and come to a meaningful resolution. California couples can employ this method when resolving their divorce disputes, ultimately avoiding litigation and coming to conclusions that will work for years to come. If you want to stay out of the courtroom and work together with your spouse on a final order, this form of alternate dispute resolution may be right for you.

Who can mediate?

Mediation is not the right choice in every situation, but it could work for you. You do not have to get along perfectly with your spouse to benefit from this option, but it does require that both parties commit to the mediation process. It's possible to mediate even in situations that seem very contentious and complex. This is a preferred choice for people who are willing and able to compromise, negotiate and discuss for the following reasons:

  • To save time, as mediation takes less time than litigation
  • To save money, since the process is not as complex as going to court
  • To have a more significant say over the terms of the final agreement
  • To make the divorce process easier for all involved

Through mediation you can address concerns that are specific to your family, allow for unique circumstances and craft a post-divorce future that will work for each member of your family. Even in mediated divorces, the final agreement is subject to the approval of a judge. It can be helpful to work with an attorney to ensure that your divorce order is fair and reasonable.

The right future for your family

There is a lot on the line during a divorce. Even if you opt for mediation and work to avoid court altogether, you do not have to navigate this process alone. An assessment of your case can help you see how to move forward and successfully move forward to a future that will benefit you and your children for years to come.

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