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Divorce mediation is it important in California

Almost half of all marriages in the country end in divorce, and California is among the states with the highest divorce rates. The end of a marriage signals many changes to come and the very nature of a divorce may cause emotional turbulence and stress to the parties involved.

Moreover, a divorce, through normal channels, may not always have a clean, well settled outcome and can lead to further disputes among the involved parties regarding matters including property division, child custody and spousal support. However, matters related to a divorce may be settled amicably through divorce mediation or other such alternative dispute resolution methods.

There can be many advantages to settling a divorce proceeding through mediation. Playing out a sensitive issue, like divorce, in the courtroom, can stir up resentment and negative feelings in both parties, which may ultimately result in a long-drawn, expensive and emotionally taxing process.

However, divorce mediation is aimed at fostering a comparatively less hostile environment where both parties are encouraged and enabled to reach an outcome that is favorable for both. Moreover, divorce mediation is a private affair wherein a couple can settle their issues away from the public glare, reducing the inherent stress and anxiety a court proceeding brings to the table.

A divorce settled through mediation can allow both parties to exercise a great degree of control over the situation. Instead of a judge calling the shots and making decisions on behalf of the couple, both parties are encouraged to reach a solution favorable for both.

Any person in the Oakland area who is considering divorce, may want to find more information about divorce mediation on our firm's website.

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