What if we begin mediation, but we find that we cannot agree on some issues?
The mediation process will not force you to agree on every issue in order to have a successful outcome. Simply agreeing on some issues in mediation will save time and money, and it will reduce stress for all parties.
In general, mediation will focus on resolving the key issues that would come up in court, such as asset division, debt division, spousal support, child support and child custody.
A successful mediation may, in some cases, mean that an agreement is reached on several of these issues, so that any court hearings can focus solely on the issues the couple cannot resolve. In other mediations, success means that all issues are resolved and a complete agreement is filed with the court for approval by a judge.
In the rare case that the divorcing parties cannot reach an agreement on any issues, the information-gathering and situation analysis required during mediation will leave the parties better prepared for court.
Other Frequently Asked Questions about Mediation
- How can I know that my mediator will be neutral and unbiased?
- How do I choose a divorce mediator?
- How long will it take to finalize our divorce using mediation?
- How much does divorce mediation cost?
- If I divorce through mediation, will I need a lawyer?
- If I use divorce mediation, will I have to go to court?
- Is mediation the same as collaborative divorce?
- What are the residency requirements for the divorce of a same-sex couple in California?
- What if we begin mediation, but we find that we cannot agree on some issues?
- Will a divorce impact my ability to collect Social Security benefits on the work record of my ex?