When California couples decide to end their marriage, many experience a fair amount of trepidation over what is yet to come. Media portrayals of long, drawn-out divorce cases may have spouses worrying that they are going to have a battle on their hands. Fortunately, there are many alternatives to going to court to settle a divorce case, and most couples are able to negotiate a settlement with the assistance of their respective attorneys or a professional mediator.
Sometimes in a California divorce, the process devolves into a bitter dispute over property, support, visitation and debt. It is easy to let feelings of anger, fear and sadness take control of a divorce. If you do so, you and your spouse may spend months or years fighting over small issues while wasting thousands of dollars in litigation costs.