If you and your spouse have kids, own a home or share other assets, then it's likely that settling your divorce isn't going to go as smoothly as you may hope it would. If you and your ex are having trouble reaching a compromise, then mediation may be an ideal way for you to resolve your differences without having to spend a lot of time or fork out a lot of money litigating personal matters in a courtroom.
A common concern that divorcing couples have that keeps them from considering mediation is that their issues are too large or complicated to be able to be resolved this way. The truth of the matter is that they rarely are.
Mediation doesn't simply involve the mediator helping guide the couple toward an agreement, but instead industry leaders from the financial planning, accounting and appraisal sectors. They're often called upon to share their insight to help couples reach decisions too.
Divorcing couples who struggle to reach agreements on issues may choose to mediate some of them and litigate the rest. Since mediation sessions require you and your ex to focus on specific issues and find a resolution for them one-by-one, it can also be helpful for some divorcing spouses to take time away from the negotiation table before returning to discuss them again.
California spouses who thought that they were unable to get along well enough to mediate their differences often find themselves surprised to learn that it was much easier to do so than they expected. A divorce attorney can advise how with the right lawyer, you can get through this trying chapter in your life.