Avoiding litigation can be a positive step for your California family, but mediation is not the right choice in every situation. You may find it beneficial to explore how a mediated divorce can provide your family with the tools to build a strong post-divorce future.
What happens during mediation?
Mediation allows both parties to minimize the negative impact of a divorce. While there will certainly be financial adjustments and compromises, it is likely that a negotiated settlement reached between two parties is more sustainable and positive for everyone than an arrangement handed down by a judge. In the mediation process, both parties work through issues with the help of a neutral third party, the mediator.
Couples will have several meetings to discuss issues and go over the terms of a final agreement. The mediator facilitates these discussions, spurs on negotiations and helps point out positive solutions.
Why choose mediation?
There can be many reasons why mediation could be a positive choice for you, your soon-to-be ex and any minor children. Some of the benefits to this choice include:
- Saves time
- Helps reduce stress
- Reduces the cost of the divorce
- Provides more control over the final outcome of the divorce
- Allows couple to keep details of the divorce private
- Makes it more likely both parties will continue to abide by the terms of the agreement long after the divorce is final
Before you make any major decisions regarding your divorce, you would be wise to carefully and thoughtfully consider the long-term implications of your decision.
Securing a strong post-divorce future
Divorce is a major life event, and the decisions made during this process will have an impact on your life for years to come. If you believe that mediation could be the right way to approach your divorce, a mutual willingness to cooperate will be required from both parties.
Keeping your divorce out of court can not only make the process faster and easier, it can allow you to intentionally and thoughtfully lay the foundation for a strong post-divorce future.