Mediation can prompt amicable resolutions

The end of a marriage is a reality that thousands of couples in California will face this year. Divorce is an event notorious for causing emotional upheaval and turmoil. However, a marital breakup doesn’t have to be confrontational or full of conflict. If divorcing spouses are willing to cooperate, mediation is an option that could end with an amicable divorce resolution. 

A non-adversarial process 

Unlike a traditional divorce, mediation is a process in which spouses work with a neutral third party mediator to reach sensible agreements. With mediation, couples have more control of their divorce process, as opposed to a litigated divorce which depends on courts. Even under complicated circumstances, spouses who choose mediation have the flexibility to move at their own pace and keep costs down. 

The role of the mediator 

A mediator is not an arbitrator or a judge, so they cannot make final decisions for the couple. The primary role of the divorce mediator is to promote efficient communication between divorcing spouses. The mediator will help to guide the couple in negotiating and resolving big issues like how and what assets need to be divided, what custody arrangement is best for them and the amount of alimony or child support, if appropriate. 

Legal representation 

Even when couples agree to undergo mediation, each party will likely still need to consider hiring their own individual lawyers. A lawyer can provide guidance about the divorce process in California while also giving insight as to the potential outcome should the client choose not to mediate. By following the invaluable advice given by a knowledgeable attorney, those who are going through divorce can achieve a favorable resolution so they can begin their new lives.