Mediation is a divorce alternative that is a good fit for many couples in San Diego. This process can be much shorter and less costly when compared to divorce, which is a large part of its appeal. However, you want to make sure that mediation is the best option for you, which is why Live About offers the following information.
With mediation, a couple attends a session with a mediator, an objective third party who helps the couple make decisions. This process is confidential. The mediator does not render rulings like a judge but can offer solutions when both parties are struggling to come to an agreement. Mediation is a lot less formal when compared to a divorce hearing, and as a result many people consider it far less stressful.
Mediation can be where the parties jointly retain one mediator, or co-mediators, and work through the process with the help of professionals suited to their specific needs. In the alternate, parties can participate in mediation with attorney’s supporting them and work as a team with the mediator. Through this confidential process parties can keep costs down.
While it offers numerous benefits, mediation is not right for everyone. It is useful to interview mediators to find out what their experience and expertise is. Consider whether you will be able to reach compromise. A settlement through mediation requires being capable of considering other options and solutions, not staying rigid in positions. It also requires an open channel of communication and exchange of information.
If mediation is the right option for you, there are a few things you can do to prepare. When it comes to topics like spousal support, or child support, make sure you understand your post-divorce financial situation so you can negotiate the proper amount. You should also have an idea of what you’d like to see in terms of custody arrangements. Your attorney will provide further insight into the steps to take for a successful mediation process.