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Why You Should Consider Mediation in Your California Divorce

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Los Gatos, CA divorce lawyer for mediationWhen you make the difficult decision to end your marriage, the coming months can be stressful and tumultuous as you work out the details of your divorce. However, the divorce process does not have to be a heated and contentious battle. While you and your spouse are likely to disagree on at least some of the issues that you will need to resolve, you may be able to complete your divorce amicably. If you believe that the two of you can work together to compromise and reach agreements, it may be wise to consider divorce mediation

The Benefits of Divorce Mediation 

During mediation, you and your spouse will work with a professional mediator to negotiate an agreement on all of the outstanding issues in your divorce, including spousal support, child support, child custody, and the allocation of marital assets. While divorce mediation may not be an option in situations in which one spouse has committed abuse or domestic violence, in the vast majority of divorces, mediation can be an effective dispute resolution method, and it can provide the following benefits:

  • A faster and more efficient divorce process: It is no secret that litigation in court can prolong a divorce. Resolving matters in the courtroom may be necessary in highly contested divorces, but in many cases, it adds a great deal of time and expense to the divorce process. If you are able to work together with your spouse to reach mutually agreeable decisions, divorce mediation can save you time and money. The mediator will walk you through each area of your divorce and help you negotiate a resolution to these matters. If you cannot reach an agreement on certain issues, litigation is still an option. 

  • Control over the outcome of your divorce: Even if you have a skilled attorney on your side, litigation takes the decisions made during your divorce out of your hands. A judge will have the ultimate say over what will happen, and their choices can affect the rest of your life. Mediation puts the control back in your hands by letting you and your spouse make all of the decisions together and find solutions that will work for both you and your children. While you may need to make some sacrifices and compromise on some issues, you can rest assured that the outcome of your divorce will be something you can agree on.

  • Reduction in stress for you and your children: Divorce can be especially challenging when children are involved. In addition to the stress you may experience as you separate from your spouse, your children may struggle to come to terms with the changes they will experience in their lives. Since nobody knows your children better than you and your spouse, mediation will allow you to work towards a solution that will benefit your family the most. It can also give you the opportunity to build a constructive and professional relationship with your spouse, helping you prepare to raise your children together as co-parents after your divorce is complete.

Contact a Los Gatos, CA Divorce Mediation Lawyer 

While the divorce process may not be easy or simple, not all divorces have to be hostile. Attorney Benita Ventresca has helped couples complete the divorce process through mediation for over 30 years. She will work together with you and your spouse to address the issues involved in ending your marriage, ensure that you meet your legal requirements, and guide you to a positive resolution. If you believe that divorce mediation is the right choice for you, schedule a consultation with a compassionate Los Gatos family law attorney. Contact us today at 408-395-8822. 

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https://www.courts.ca.gov/1189.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

 

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