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Mediation may make for a smoother divorce process in California

Difficult marriages are around every corner. While many California residents may have the ability to overcome any challenges they face, others do not have that outcome. In the latter group, those individuals will likely find themselves going through the divorce process, and they may find themselves dreading the proceedings as much as staying in an unhappy marriage.

Fortunately, there are alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, that could help divorcing individuals move forward with their cases more smoothly. One of the biggest concerns parties may have about ending their marriages is the associated costs. With mediation, these soon-to-be ex-couples may save thousands of dollars by negotiating outside of the courtroom. Of course, in order for mediation to be successful, the couple must have the ability to work together amicably.

Another benefit of mediation is that it could also help parties better maintain their privacy. Courtroom litigation often involves much information going on public record, and as a result, individuals' personal information could soon be available to numerous people. However, mediation happens in a more informal setting with fewer parties involved, and as a result, there is a greater chance for maintained privacy.

Dreading the divorce process is not unusual, but there are options that could help California residents move forward as best as possible. If divorcing individuals are interested in alternative dispute resolutions like mediation, they may want to obtain more reliable information on this and other ADR options. Consulting with knowledgeable attorneys could help parties better understand how such routes could apply to their particular circumstances.

Source:, "Four Reasons to Mediate Your Divorce", Ross T. Ewing, March 1, 2018

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