Any type of family law dispute can be difficult, but divorce cases might be the most difficult of all. Why? Well, in many of these types of cases, there are a number of legal issues to address, such as property and debt division, alimony and child custody and support. Divorce cases can roll all types of family law issues into one case. Solutions can often be difficult to find.
That is why many people are finding that there are advantages to participating in mediation these days. As a recent news article mentioned, the process can, in many situations, help divorcing couples to save time and money—and emotional challenges too. So, will mediation be a part of your divorce case?
Advantages of mediation
Mediation isn’t for everyone. Even if a divorcing couple has been ordered by the court to participate in mediation, that doesn’t mean they will bring the right measure of goodwill and ability to compromise in the situation. Those can be crucial aspects of successful mediation.
In mediation, a neutral third-party mediator will go back and forth between the parties to assess the legal arguments of each side, consider evidence, listen to potential solutions and, ultimately, attempt to bridge gaps to get to an agreement that can be submitted to the court for ratification. The personalities of everyone involved, from the parties themselves to their attorneys, and even the mediator, will be a big part of whether mediation will be successful. However, if you approach the process with the right frame of mind and the right emotional basis, mediation can have many advantages for divorcing couples in California