Those who are going through a divorce in California may believe that litigation is the only way to end their marriages. However, mediation can be a less stressful and more productive alternative. Mediation is less stressful because the goal is for the parties to work together to create a settlement that works for everyone. The conversation is guided by a mediator who will strive to keep the conversation objective and civil.
In most cases, settling a divorce through mediation takes less time than litigation. Typically, mediation will lead to a settlement in less than 10 weeks. With litigation, it could take months or years before a final ruling is issued. In addition to saving time, mediation is generally less expensive than going to court. On average, a person can expect to save 40 to 60 percent.
This is because a mediator generally costs less than a lawyer, and individuals can typically save money regardless of how complex their divorce is. While mediation can be easier on the adults going through a divorce, it can provide benefits to the children as well. Since the process is private and less emotional than litigation, kids are exposed to less drama. Furthermore, they may not have to give testimony or otherwise take part in the divorce proceedings.
Individuals who are going through a divorce may experience a range of emotions that could make it harder to move forward in the settlement process. By working with a mediator, it may be possible to work through those emotions and create a settlement that is in a person's best interest. An attorney can review any deal that is reached in a mediation session. Once approved, the agreement is binding on the parties.