After making the decision to file for divorce, couples may discover a long list of important issues that they must resolve before their split is finalized. One crucial aspect of divorce for many people is determining how child custody arrangements will shake out. Of course, parents want to do what they believe is best for their kids, but there may be serious differences in opinion about what the best arrangement is.
In order to move forward, many couples may want to end their marriage in the most civil and effective way possible. Even though divorcing couples are likely to have irreconcilable differences, they may still want to avoid putting themselves -- or their children -- through a litigious divorce in court. This is precisely why California family law opens the door to mediated settlements as an option for couples looking to dissolve their marriage.