San Diego residents who are considering ending their marriage may want to consider mediation. Mediation employs the impartial guidance of a trained third party. Couples that are amicable can work together to reach a mutual agreement regarding the terms of their divorce.
Advantages of mediation include:
- Each party can retain control of the terms of the divorce settlement rather than accepting details as determined by the court
- Mediation can be more efficient than litigation when it comes to time and expense
- Sessions can be scheduled at the convenience of both parties
- Mediation can be easier on children during custody negotiations
- Provides confidentiality
Mediation allows for time for both parties to express their opinions and allow the mediator to become acquainted with their situation. During litigation there is significantly less time for a judge to consider details; divorce cases are routinely rushed.
When it comes to custody negotiations, mediation can impose significantly less conflict on the child. Divorces that are brought to court may require children to participate in ways that can be more intimidating.
Another reason couples may prefer mediation is that the sessions are confidential. The details that are exposed through a court trial will most likely be a part of the public record. Mediation allows couples to keep their personal information private and protect their children.
If you are facing the end of your marriage and are trying to decide between a divorce and mediation, the family law attorneys at Dunne & Dunne can help guide your decision. Call us for a free family law consultation today and let our expert divorce attorneys assist you during this difficult time.