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The benefits of divorce mediation

The divorce process can seem like a daunting task. Because of that, some couples in California and elsewhere prolong initiating the process. But the truth of the matter is that marriage dissolution does not have to be such an intimidating or overwhelming process. While it is not easy by any means, and is very emotional no matter which way you look at it, divorcing couples do not have to go through the traditional method of litigation. In fact, opting for an alternative dispute resolution method is often what makes the process easier, quicker and more cost-effective.

Divorce mediation can provide many benefits to those who utilize it. Because the act of litigating a divorce in front of a judge can add extra stress and anxiety to the matter, taking on an alternative method may allow the parties to avoid unnecessary stress caused by having a complete stranger settle important divorce issues. Mediation can actually be a much calmer way to get through dissolution, and with the help of an unbiased third party, known as a mediator, divorcing couples can work through a wide variety of divorce issues quickly.

The divorce mediation process can be less daunting than litigation. Each spouse is able to speak his or her mind and be heard. While there might be some disagreements, arguments are unlikely or greatly reduced by this process. Additionally, depending on the circumstances of a case, divorce mediation may be a better way to address family law issues. When children are involved, divorcing parents may be able to reach an amicable, fair and workable custody agreement. Even child support issues can be worked out through mediation. A major benefit of mediation is the fact that it does not cost as much as litigation.

While there are many benefits that can be gleaned from the divorce mediation process, it is not a one size fits all divorce method. For some divorcing couples, it might only be helpful for some divorce issues. For others, divorce mediation may be impossible due to an inability to work together towards a resolution. In these situations, litigation might be necessary to sort through challenging issues. Regardless, considering whether mediation is appropriate is often an important first step. Those who want to learn more about the mediation process and how to ensure they are protected throughout negotiations can speak with a qualified legal advocate.

Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Celebrate Mediation Day: Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce," Oct. 11, 2016

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