Mediation is one of the most popular ways for couples to amicably resolve a divorce outside of the courtroom. If you're considering mediating your divorce, you're not alone. Today, we're taking a look at what the mediation process entails so you can decide whether it's right for you and your divorce.
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Let's start with perhaps the biggest reason individuals choose to use mediation to resolve their divorce: Reducing the combativeness of the divorce process.
It's no secret that divorces can quickly turn into contentious affairs with personal relationships and financial security on the line. But it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.
By encouraging couples to collaborate instead of butt heads, mediation often ushers spouses towards a more peaceful resolution in their marriage's dissolution. As a result, couples often find that they can negotiate an equitable arrangement that enables both parties to get an outcome they'll be happy with in the short and long term, significantly reducing the stress of the divorce process.
Another big stressor for many divorcees is the money it costs to resolve a divorce. Frequently, what drives up the cost of a divorce is the need of the parties to engage in multiple court hearings for temporary orders and wrap up the divorce with a trial.
Mediation avoids temporary order hearings and the final trial, instead allowing spouses to negotiate terms for their divorce outside the courtroom. As a result, it's often significantly less expensive than a contested divorce.
Last but not least, mediation can take as little as one session to resolve. Even lengthy mediations that drag on over several sessions can't compare to the months or years of time it can take to finalize a contested divorce, especially one that involves significant assets or disagreements between the spouses.
At Trabolsi | Levi | Gabbard LLP, we help clients use mediation to finalize their divorces. To schedule a consultation with our Los Angeles lawyer, contact us online or via phone at (310) 455-8364.