California residents may be able to settle child custody issues by creating a parenting agreement on their own. In some cases, an agreement will be reached after going through the mediation process. The details of the agreement are put in writing, and the terms are legally binding once they have been approved by a judge.
Some California couples may decide to get a divorce but have not started the process due to the cost. However, mediation may be cheaper than a typical divorce. Even better, if both former spouses can work together, they could have their divorce finalized much more quickly so that they can move on with their lives. However, there are certain cases where mediation may not work.