What if we are separating but are unsure about wanting a divorce?
It is important to note that mediation is different from therapy – a divorce mediator will not help the couple sort through emotional issues for the purpose of deciding whether a divorce is the right choice.
But one thing a divorce mediator can do is create practical agreements for a separation. These can include financial agreements and child custody agreements. If the couple chooses later to divorce, the agreements created in mediation can help guide the divorce agreement, reducing the cost and length of the divorce process.
For many separating couples, dealing with all of these issues can be stressful. Without a written agreement, a separation can be filled with ongoing arguments about financial and logistical issues. Bringing in a mediator who can provide professional guidance and support can make the process less stressful, lower in conflict, and healthier for everyone.
To learn more about the divorce process in California and how mediation can help, please visit our page, “What is Divorce Mediation.”