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Five reasons to mediate your divorce

Just because you are going through a divorce doesn't mean the process is going to be a drawn-out battle with both sides at each other's throats. In fact, if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are willing to use divorce mediation instead of traditional divorce proceedings, you can often resolve your divorce-related issues more quickly and easily.

Essentially, mediation gives you, and your spouse, an opportunity to explain your side of the story and come up with ideas on how the two of you can reach a resolution. While there are several advantages to mediating your divorce, some of the more important ones include:

  • More control: The truth is that you can never know how a judge will decide your case. By using divorce mediation, you will have more control over how your divorce will play out, including how important issues will be decided, such as child custody. After all, why let a judge decide custody when you are in a better position to know what is in your child's best interests?
  • More flexibility: Whether you are trying to reach an agreement regarding property division, child custody or anything in between, mediation gives you more flexibility. Indeed, just because you agree to mediate doesn't mean you are required to reach an agreement. Quite simply, you are not obligated to agree to anything if it is not in your best interests and the best interest of your children. Conversely, in court, you are typically bound by whatever the judge decides.
  • More privacy: In California, divorce courts are typically open to the public -- meaning the personal and intimate details of your life may be public record if you use traditional divorce proceedings. Alternatively, divorce mediation affords you significantly more privacy.
  • Less stress on everyone: Mediation allows you to avoid unnecessary litigation, making the whole process easier on everyone, especially your children since they are not put in the middle of a court battle.
  • Less costly: Simply put, if you are able to quickly resolve your divorce using mediation, you can avoid drawn-out court proceedings, which can be costly for everyone involved.

If you have questions about divorce mediation, you need to contact an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. At Hendrickson Cooper Hughes, our lawyers can explain the details of divorce mediation so you can determine whether it is the best option for you and your family. Your future is too important to trust to anyone else.

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