People whose marriages are ending may want to consider mediation as a less expensive and faster alternative to the protracted litigation often involved in contested divorce cases. In this alternative dispute resolution process, a mediator who is neutral will help facilitate the couple's reaching an agreement, and if one is obtained, it will be filed and will become an order of the court.
When a California couple has decided to head to divorce, they may have the option to attend mediation. This alternative to litigation allows the two parties to sit down together with a third, disinterested party and negotiate various issues that may be proving difficult to agree upon on their own. In general, mediation provides a number of benefits that traditional divorce procedures do not.