Many couples in California don’t understand that there are alternatives to a litigated divorce. At our law firm, we show our clients how they can use mediation or collaborative divorce to settle child custody and property division issues. If your marriage is coming to an end and you are contemplating a divorce, our attorneys may be able to help you.

One of the most noticeable differences between mediation and litigation is that mediation allows each spouse’s voice to be heard. During a litigated divorce, the parties often communicate through their respective attorneys, and the attorneys then argue about the particular issues in front of a judge. This process can result in a spouse’s concerns being misinterpreted. Courtroom interactions can also be highly stressful, and this can have a negative impact on both the spouses and their children.

Spouses involved in a mediated divorce are both given ample time to express their opinions and concerns about divorce issues to a trained mediator. Rather than allowing a judge to decide their fate, these couples are able to reach highly personalized agreements about divorce matters that they are both satisfied with. Further, all discussions that take place during mediation are kept confidential rather than becoming a matter of public record.

If you decide to use mediation instead of litigation to settle your divorce, our certified mediation attorneys can help guide you through the process. We are also prepared to offer you straightforward advice about whether or not mediation is a good way to go given the unique circumstances of your divorce. To learn more about the benefits of mediated divorces, visit our page on this form of alternative dispute resolution.