What You Need To Know About California Divorce Mediation
Mediation is an approach towards resolving conflict where a trained person assists you and your ex in creating your own agreements. Mediation is not required under California law unless there is a custody or parenting plan dispute. Mediation in that situation would only be regarding the parenting issues. If you and your ex are not able to agree upon the terms of the custody and visitation, then mediation will most likely be required prior to a court making a determination.
I am attorney Carsen Tazi. I began my firm, Cal Family Solutions in Sacramento, to be able to provide solutions to my family law clients in how to maintain control over their own lives, get through the legal system without handing over control to the courts, while also making sure that they understand the options and rights that they have. I have over a decade of family law experience, am a Certified Family Law Specialist in California and have extensive experience in assisting couples and parents in finding solutions to their needs.
The Five Main Benefits Of Mediation
There are some couples and some issues that will require litigation for a successful resolution. However, when couples want to work together to resolve the issues in their divorce, mediation can be a very viable and beneficial option. While there are many advantages to mediation for these couples, the most common benefits are:
- Mediation is economical. When you can both put your time and energy toward finding solutions, mediation ends up saving the cost of litigation in addition to the time, energy, and frustration that litigation and court involvement can create.
- Mediation is often faster than litigation. You can save time by finding effective compromises and ways to accomplish what you are both wanting while moving forward instead of getting stuck in the system.
- Mediation is empowering. Because you are making the decisions instead of a judge, your specific concerns and the needs of your children can be heard and keep you more in control of the outcome.
- Mediation is less stressful. Couples who put their energy into working toward an outcome that works for both parties typically are less stressed than couples who are caught in a web of contention. Children also feel less anxious when their parents are working together to find a solution rather than fighting. The mediation process is private and is less formal and rigid than a court case. These factors all contribute to a sense of ease both during the process and in moving forward.
- Mediation often helps preserve the parental relationship. After working out the issues together in mediation, the groundwork is laid for improved communication so you can continue to work together as much as possible for your children rather than going to court over any issues that come up.
Not every couple is able to work together to find reasonable solutions to family law issues. However, it is definitely worth the time and effort to seek out mediation if both you and your ex are willing to work together to see what parts of your situation you may be able to agree on. Sometimes the facilitated options can help you understand that what you are wanting to create moving forward isn’t as different as it may feel.
Find Out More About How Mediation Can Help
Mediation may be something new to you, and you may have questions about the process. Call 916-287-3237 or send an inquiry email to the firm. Located in Sacramento, I serve clients in Folsom and throughout the area.
*Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California