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How to increase the odds of success in mediation

Mediation can be an effective tool for California couples who are facing the end of their marriage. However, there are some steps that people should take before starting the mediation process to increase its effectiveness. For instance, people may wish to prepare for a variety of outcomes as opposed to aiming for a specific conclusion.

How mediation differs from litigation

California couples who are getting a divorce might want to consider mediation over litigation. There could be a number of advantages to this more civil approach. For example, litigation may be more time consuming and expensive. Furthermore, once a decision is made by the judge during litigation, there is usually little recourse for changing it. However, control is in the hands of the couple during mediation.

Working together to reach a child custody agreement

When California parents who are going through a divorce are trying to resolve child custody dispute, they have options available other than having a judge make a decision after a trial. These include informal negotiations and alternate dispute resolution proceedings. Both of these options allow the parents to work together, meaning they are more likely to come to an agreement that benefits the entire family.

Mediation for uncontested divorces

California residents who are facing the end of their marriage may want to consider resolving their issues via mediation. With the impartial guidance of a trained third party, couples can work together to reach a consensus about their divorce terms. They will find that mediation is more advantageous than having a court trial for many reasons.

Using divorce mediation

There are different ways that California couples who are ending their marriages can work through their issues. As an alternative to going to court and having matters decided by a judge, they may want to consider divorce mediation.

Selecting a divorce mediator

California couples who are considering divorce often opt to work with a mediator as they go through the separation process. Mediators are independent third-parties who can help a couple discuss their needs and come to a peaceful, equitable resolution regarding issues such as property division, spousal support and child custody.

When divorce mediation is right

For some California couples, mediation can be an effective way to settle issues related to their divorce. However, the process won't be successful unless those going through it believe that it can help them. Typically, couples who have had a history of resolving conflict together have a good chance of doing the same with the help of a mediator. However, those who can't communicate or resolve conflict may exit the process with only a vague plan moving forward.

Mediation works when couples want it to

Mediators in California and around the country are not unlike intelligence agencies in that their failures are there for all the world to see while their successes go largely unheralded. However, this should not plant seeds of doubt in the minds of divorcing couples who wish to resolve their differences amicably and avoid protracted and confrontational legal battles. For divorce mediation to be successful, the parties involved should all be committed to finding solutions that work for all concerned.

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