California couples know that divorce is a lengthy and complicated process, but there are times when a couple can minimize complication. Not every divorce has to end up in divorce court, and there are ways to work through specific disputes without litigation and a lengthy, stressful battle.

Mediation can be an effective way to resolve family law disputes peacefully and respectfully. If you are considering this option for your divorce, it can be helpful to understand how this process works and what you can do to pursue a reasonable and sustainable outcome.

How does mediation work?

Mediation is a non-adversarial process of resolving disputes. This method is a process that can be helpful in various types of legal disputes and conflicts, but it can be particularly useful in situations of family law matters. When you opt to mediate your divorce settlement, you may expect the following from this process:

  • A neutral third-party will oversee the mediation process. He or she will explain the rules and the goals of mediation.
  • You will have the opportunity to explain your side of the dispute without interruption or input from the other party.
  • There will be discussions and negotiations to help the two opposing sides reach a reasonable conclusion.
  • The mediator will write down the terms of the agreement reached in the mediation process, which will likely be the terms of the final divorce order. 

Mediation can help a divorcing couple address various complex issues, including property division, child custody, financial support and more. You may be unsure if this is an option for you, but it can be a productive way to move through the already complex process of ending a marriage.

Two parties do not have to get along in order to benefit from the mediation process. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse just have to commit to the process.

Why choose mediation?

Mediation is not the right choice for everyone, but there are significant benefits that can come from this option . It can take less time to complete, and it can be less expensive to mediate a divorce than it is to walk through the litigation process. 

It can be helpful to fully explore all of your options regarding your divorce before making any critical decisions that could impact your future. It is never easy to go through a divorce, but some options could make it easier and more peaceful.