While it is not uncommon for divorcing spouses to become adversarial, it can be considerably more productive – and much less emotionally draining – when spouses remain amicable throughout the divorce process. In California, one way to help encourage amicability is by working together with a neutral, third party known as a mediator. Mediation can help resolve any issues, such as maintenance, or child custody and support matters, that the spouses have not yet agreed upon.

When spouses enter into family mediation, they are agreeing to a cooperative (and voluntary, of course) manner in which to resolve any disputes that have arisen as a result of the divorce process. In some cases, a court may even order mediation in a divorce proceeding. However, voluntary mediation without litigation can save considerable time, money and stress during the dissolution process.

A mediator will work with the spouses to facilitate communication. This third party will remain neutral throughout the process and will assist you and your spouse in reaching a settlement agreement that is acceptable to both of you. Once the mediation process is complete, the settlement agreement can then be presented to a court for approval and filed just as any other divorce settlement would be. You will have reached a negotiated resolution without expensive, time-consuming litigation.

One key component to successful family mediation, however, is who you choose as a mediator. You and your spouse will want someone who has considerable experience with the process, as well as an extensive knowledge of California family law. The attorneys at Nachlis and Fink specialize in consensual dispute resolution services, including family mediation. Visit our website’s divorce mediation page to learn how our experienced attorneys can help you.