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Why many California couples opt for divorce mediation

When a California couple decides to divorce, they typically have numerous issues to resolve before the proceedings are finalized. While some spouses have contentious relationships from the start, and wind up gridlocked in lengthy court battles, this does not always have to be the case. In fact, many spouses desire to end their marriage amicably, which means divorce mediation may be a viable alternative for them.

Using divorce mediation to decide what happens to pets

Many California married couples have pets. In fact, a great number of households include children as well as pets. As 2020 unfolds, many couples will decide to divorce, thus prompting a need to resolve many issues, including those having to do with where the children or pets in question will reside after the divorce is finalized. Spouses who wish to avoid confrontation and to achieve a fair settlement in as amicable a fashion as possible may want to consider divorce mediation as an option to make pet or child custody decisions. 

Can you use child support to pay for piano lessons?

When you filed for divorce in a California court, you likely understood that your decision was going to affect more lives than just your own. As a parent, you may have been especially concerned about your children, which may have prompted your desire to compromise and co-operate as best you can with your ex to create an amicable co-parenting plan. As in many divorces, your particular circumstances might include a request for child support.

Child support: Falling behind or at risk for arrest?

When a California family court judge issues a divorce decree, it may include a co-parenting agreement plan. Such plans typically address custody and child support issues. The court also rules on these topics when parents who have never been married to each other terminate their romantic relationships. Whether or not they were married to one another, both parents must fully adhere to the terms of a court order regarding custody, parenting time or support.

Don't let these fights impede a fair divorce settlement

As one of many parents in California, you want what's best for your children. While you love your kids and desire a close relationship with them, you also have a place of authority in their lives, and you should avoid always wanting to be a friend rather than a parent. Parenting often includes an ebb and flow as you strive for balance in your parent/child relationships to avoid arguments while making decisions that keep their best interests in mind. California marriages, too, can crumble under the weight of constant bickering.

Divorce mediation: It's not for everyone

Leaving the past behind and moving on in life in as swift and painless a way as possible is the ultimate goal of many California spouses who divorce. Spouses who hope to avoid going to court often opt for divorce mediation to negotiate the terms of their settlement. However, there are numerous issues that might suggest this or other forms of alternative dispute resolution may not work under certain circumstances.


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