Perhaps you and your spouse have mutually decided that your marriage is no longer sustainable. Perhaps you've also agreed that you do not wish to become entangled in any type of long, drawn out court process in order to obtain a settlement. You'd both really like to just discuss the issues that need discussing and come up with a plan that is best for all involved. California divorce mediation may be a viable option in your situation.
Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution option for those who are able to peacefully negotiate their property division, child custody and alimony issues. The court must approve any plan you devise; however, you and your spouse are free to write the terms of your own settlement. Mediation is generally the least expensive means of obtaining a divorce.
The main goal of mediation is to find solutions to all divorce-related issues. Because it is a focused, stream-lined process, you must agree that certain issues are not to be discussed, such as past marital problems or other personal, emotionally-charged topics. An experienced family law attorney can facilitate your mediation sessions.
The Law Office of Edward S. Matisoff offers free consultation to any California spouse who wishes to discuss the divorce mediation process. It is definitely not for everyone, so it helps to learn as much as you can ahead of time to determine if it fits your needs. Some people start out with mediation but later change their minds. Litigation is always an alternative option if you're unable to negotiate solutions through mediation.