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Divorce mediation is a positive alternative to litigation

Marriages end for a variety of reasons for couples in California and across the United States. While the term "divorce" often conjures up images of anger, pain and hatred as well as lengthy struggles in the courtroom, this is not the only way to bring a marriage to an end. Divorce litigation can be costly on both a financial and emotional level. Divorcing couples can lose up to a third of their total net worth due to the fees and costs that come with a contested courtroom divorce. A courtroom environment can emphasize the adversarial nature of divorce proceedings and augment an already-fragile emotional situation.

Reasons to pursue mediation during family conflicts

Conflicts between family members are a normal part of life, and there may be many ways to resolve them. One option that California residents may wish to pursue to resolve a family conflict is mediation. A key benefit to mediation is that it is a voluntary process that strives toward a win-win result for all involved. All parties talk with a mediator openly and without feeling judged.

Prenuptial agreements can help couples plan for the future

Many California couples planning on marriage are also considering prenuptial agreements. As increasing numbers of people marry with strong careers and significant assets already on hand, a prenuptial agreement can seem to be a great way to protect both parties' interests and cut down on lengthy and expensive legal disputes in the case of a future divorce.

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.

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