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What the collaborative divorce process means for couples

The collaborative divorce process is one method of resolving a divorce that can be easier on the family and divorcing couple. It is a different approach to the divorce process than litigation as another alternative which is why it is worth taking a look at the collaborative divorce process when the decision to divorce has been made.

During the collaborative divorce process both spouses will have a legal representative. In addition, they may have other professionals that serve as resources to help them resolve concerns related to their finances or children. Counselors, child psychologists, financial experts and even collaborative divorce coaches may be part of the process of helping to support the divorcing couple during their divorce.

How the divorce mediation process helps with divorce

Divorce mediation can take divorcing couples through the divorce process and help them resolve all of their divorce-related concerns along the way. It is no secret that divorce can be a challenging period of time for the divorcing spouses which is why divorce mediation is an option to consider to help guide them through a divorce process that is generally more peaceful than divorce litigation because of how it is structured and designed.

Divorce mediation allows divorcing couples to tailor their divorce outcomes and address divorce-related concerns such as property division, child custody, child support and spousal support in a manner that works best for their family. It takes the family law court out of the equation to some extent as the decision maker and instead allows the divorcing couple to determine what is best for them and their family.

Signs that the mediation process won't work for you

Divorce is a complex, emotionally charged process, and it's often difficult for a California couple to find middle ground so they can work on an agreement. If you are facing a divorce, you may wonder if you have to fight it out in a high-stakes, high-pressure court room battle. Thankfully, that is not the only option available to you.

Through mediation, you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse can work through divorce-related disputes and come to a reasonable, meaningful resolution. Mediation offers many benefits, such as less stress and lower costs, but it is not the right choice for everyone. Before you make any important decisions, it is smart to try and determine if this is the right choice for your divorce.

Could mediation be beneficial for your children?

When many couples divorce, it is because they can no longer agree on how to move forward together. Whether you and your spouse are no longer in love, gravitate toward different visions for the future or realize getting married was a mistake, you probably have one thing in common: you want the best for your children.

As you part ways, you will need to divide your property, determine child custody arrangements and figure out a support agreement. Through it all, a collaborative effort through mediation could be the healthiest way to dissolve your marriage – even for your children.

What resources are available to help with child custody disputes?

Legal resources area available to help divorcing parents resolve their child custody disputes and concerns. As such, they should be familiar with how those legal resources can help them work through their child custody concerns and should ensure all their understandable child custody-related questions are answered.

A child custody dispute can be hard on children and families which is why the family law process can help parents understand how child custody is determined so that child custody concerns can be resolved. Child custody can be a joint or sole custody arrangement. In addition, child custody refers to both physical and legal custody of the child where physical custody refers to who the child lives with a legal custody refers to who has the right to make important decisions for the child concerning health care, education and religion.

How the divorce mediation process works for divorcing couples

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution available to divorcing couples that allows them to have greater control over the divorce process. It can help them facilitate resolution of all of their divorce-related concerns, including property division, child custody and visitation, child support, and spousal support, which is also referred to as alimony. With the help of the divorce mediation process, divorcing couples can decide what is best for them and their family post-marriage dissolution.

The divorce mediation process involves the help of a neutral third party, or mediator, who helps guide the divorcing couple through the divorce process in hopes of resolving their divorce-related concerns. It may also involve the assistance of other subject-matter professionals, including financial planners, to help the divorcing couples reach outcomes that suit their needs and goals.

How property division works in California divorces

Understanding the basics of property division in California can help quell some of the concerns divorcing couples may have related to dividing their assets when they divorce. There are different legal options to help them resolve property division disputes during their divorce, including mediated property division.

California follows community property laws with regard to property division during divorce. Community property laws provide that assets earned during the marriage belong jointly to the couple. According to community property laws, marital property will be divided equally during the divorce process. It is important to note that both property and debts will be divided. Property subject to division can include cash in bank accounts, cars, houses, home furnishings, and other personal property.

The value of collaborative divorce for divorcing couples

Collaborative divorce provides a different option for divorcing couples who are reluctant to fight everything out in court. Collaborative divorce provides a cooperative out-of-court process to help divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns outside of the contentious divorce process. Collaborative divorce provides many advantages over a litigated divorce that divorcing couples should be familiar with and understand.

The collaborative divorce process provides a setting that allows the divorcing couple to resolve divorce-related concerns through an agreement between the couple. If the divorcing couple decides to pursue their marriage dissolution through litigation, the representatives that are part of their agreement must then withdraw. It is important that divorcing couples utilizing the collaborative divorce process work together to resolve their divorce-related concerns.

The value of a mediated divorce

Though divorcing couples may have heard of it, they may not be familiar with what divorce mediation will look like for them and what it entails. The divorce mediation process is different than a litigated divorce which is why divorcing couples should be familiar with what it involves and what to expect so they can have as positive a divorce experience as possible.

Divorce mediation provides an alternative to a litigated divorce that helps divorcing couples reach agreements that cost less time, money and acrimony. In addition to helping divorcing couples resolve divorce-related concerns, the divorce mediation process can also provide a framework for divorcing couples to resolve any concerns that may come up down the road as they move on following divorce.

Divorcing couples in California should consider mediation

Divorce mediation is one option for divorcing couples to consider in California. Divorcing couples will undoubtedly know their family and understand their own needs better than the divorce court will which is why mediation is a good option to consider to resolve divorce-related concerns. Divorce-related concerns that may be resolved through mediation include property division, child support, spousal support and child custody.

Divorce mediation involves an impartial person, the mediator, helping the parties resolve their concerns in an agreement they can both live with. A trained mediator can help guide the divorcing couple through the disputes they have to help them reach shared resolutions and better understand how divorce-related concerns such as property division, child support, spousal support and child custody are addressed through the family law process. Mediation can create a smoother and more efficient divorce process.

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