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Collaborative divorce and mediation are effective options for divorce

Going through divorce does not necessarily have to be the prolonged fight that many California residents may expect it to be. In fact, many individuals who feel that they can proceed in a civil manner could potentially take advantage of various methods to dissolve a marriage with as little conflict as possible, such as through collaboration and mediation. Some parties may have only little information on collaboration, but this method could offer benefits.

When divorcing couples utilize a collaborative approach, they agree to work as amicably as possible to come to settlement terms. With this method, all necessary parties attend pre-arranged meetings intended to allow individuals to negotiate the terms they desire. Each person may utilize an attorney during the process who can help move the proceedings along. 

This process may seem appealing to individuals who want to have more control over the outcomes of their divorce. Rather than relying on a judge to deal out terms through litigation, each party can present his or her desires and together work on a compromise. Of course, some individuals may enter into the collaborative process only to find it does not work for them. In such cases, those parties can move forward with litigation if they desire, though new legal counsel must be obtained. 

Collaboration and mediation can both present pros and cons for alternative divorce methods. Therefore, California residents who are interested in potentially following one of these paths may want to find out more information and determine whether their circumstances could fit one of these routes. Discussing interests and concerns with experienced attorneys may be a wise step.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Amicable Divorce: Not Always an Oxymoron (just ask Ben & Jen)", Robin M. Lalley, April 14, 2017

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