You might hesitate to file for divorce because you’ve heard too many horror stories about costly court battles that take months and are fraught with conflict. Is there a way for you and your spouse to end your marriage in a peaceful, mutually beneficial manner? You might consider mediation, which has helped countless Californians get a divorce in a less stressful way.

Mediation is known as an amicable method not because it requires you and your spouse to be on friendly terms to succeed, but because it can significantly reduce the stress and conflict you might experience in a litigated divorce. This is not the only benefit to mediation, as FindLaw explains. Other positive points to mediation include the following:

  • Your children may witness less conflict and adjust more easily to the divorce.
  • You and your spouse may learn communication and compromise techniques that can help in other aspects of your lives, particularly co-parenting.
  • Mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution are usually less costly and time-consuming than litigation.
  • Mediation is private, whereas litigation proceedings become a matter of public record.

If you and your spouse are willing to treat each other with respect and consider each other’s points of view during mediation sessions, you stand the best chance of resolving your conflicts in ways you both can agree on. Since mediation is not for everyone, it is important to understand your options and choose one that best suits your situation. Therefore, this information is not meant to replace the advice of a lawyer.