When facing a family law dispute in California, such as divorce, child custody, or property division, it is important to consider the available approaches for resolving your case. Mediation and litigation are two common methods used in family law proceedings. Understanding the differences between mediation and litigation can help you choose the right approach for your family law case in California. This article explores the key aspects of mediation and litigation, highlighting their advantages and considerations.
Mediation: Collaborative Problem-Solving
Mediation is a voluntary and non-adversarial process where a neutral third-party mediator facilitates communication and negotiation between the parties involved in the dispute. The goal of mediation is to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that addresses the needs and interests of all parties involved.
Benefits of Mediation
Litigation: Adjudication by the Court
Litigation involves presenting a family law case before a judge who makes decisions based on the evidence and arguments presented by the parties and their attorneys. Litigation is often necessary when parties are unable to reach an agreement through negotiation or when there are complex legal issues that require court intervention.
Considerations in Litigation
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