What’s the Difference Between Mediation & Litigated Divorce?

When couples realize it’s time to call it quits, they often are unsure of what route to take. For many, mediation is the better option, but it’s not always possible. Please continue reading and reach out to a skilled Los Angeles divorce attorney from our firm to learn more about the difference between divorce mediation and litigated divorce, as well as how our legal team can effectively help you through the process. Here are some of the questions you may have:

How are mediation and litigated divorce different from one another?

The first thing you should understand is that mediation takes place outside of a courtroom setting, and involves a divorce mediator who will help you and your spouse work out any contested issues in your divorce, such as child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and more. As long as you, your spouse, and your unbiased third-party mediator can resolve contested issues, you can then finalize your divorce agreement without having to go to court. In a litigated divorce, a judge will simply hear both spouses’ arguments and then decide on each contested divorce-related term.

What are some of the benefits of divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation comes with several benefits. As previously mentioned, you can work on your divorce terms outside of a courtroom setting, which, in and of itself, is a benefit to many. The stakes are lower and your divorce is far more private. We also find that mediation tends to be a much more civil process. A courtroom setting tends to bring out the worst in people, while mediation is more of a private conversation where you and your spouse try to compromise and reach a solution that accommodates both of your wants and needs.

For couples with children, mediation is often almost always preferred as well, as children are far better off seeing their parents behave civilly to one another, even in the face of adversity. If you have any additional questions about divorce mediation, or you would like to speak with a divorce mediator from our firm, pick up the phone and give us a call. Even if you believe mediation is out of the question, you’ll still need a competent divorce attorney in your corner. Our firm is here to help.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm

Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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