When you decided to divorce, you may immediately have begun thinking ahead and trying to plan your future, especially as it concerns your family life with your children. As most California parents can attest, regardless of whether they are divorced, life is unpredictable and there is no way to fully prepare for what lies ahead when it is impossible to know what's in store. However, you can plan certain things, such as choosing which divorce process best fits your needs and ultimate goals.
If you're considering mediation because you want to get things over quickly, save as much money as possible and simply leave the past behind and move on in life with your kids, there are factors to consider to determine if this alternate form of dispute resolution is a viable option in your particular circumstances. It's true that mediation has many benefits but it's also true that it doesn't work for everyone. You can save a lot of time and money if you think about these issues before determining whether mediation or litigation would work best in your case.