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Using Mediation for Your Divorce

It's no secret that divorce is a highly stressful time, and it can be an expensive and time-consuming process. Many people are afraid to pursue the divorce they desire because they do not want to go to court and battle with their spouse over their children, possessions, and income. There are other options besides a lengthy and costly court battle, however.


It isn't legally required that you endure a court battle during your divorce. For a divorce to be complete, a judge will need to sign off on a divorce agreement, but it doesn't have to be determined by the judge. You and your spouse can negotiate the terms of your divorce on your own, and present it to the judge to approve. In some cases, you and your spouse may be able to agree on all terms without outside assistance. If you are willing to cooperate, but are still struggling to come to an agreement, mediation may be the right solution.

Mediation occurs with the help of a neutral third party, called the mediator. Often, couples choose an experienced divorce lawyer to mediate their discussions. During mediation, the mediator facilitates communication between you and your spouse by giving each party uninterrupted time to speak, asking a party to restate a point as necessary, and asking questions for clearer communication. The mediator can also provide legal information to guide the discussion, including information about alternative solutions and what judges may think of certain issues.


Mediation can be used to settle any and all aspects of your divorce. You can use it to wrap up your agreement and find resolutions to particularly difficult subjects, or you can use it to handle every aspect of your divorce agreement. Some common subjects mediation can address are:

  • Distribution of property and debt
  • Child custody, parenting time, parenting plans, and visitation
  • Child support
  • Retirement and benefits
  • Taxes
  • Spousal support


Mediation is a flexible, confidential alternative to traditional litigation. At Westover Law Group, we are committed to helping families find legal solutions that fit their needs. Our experienced Murrieta divorce attorneys can help you mediate your divorce settlement, or attend a mediation session to advocate for you. Let our board-certified family law specialist help you through this difficult time.

Contact our offices 24/7 by calling (951) 643-0085. Schedule a complimentary initial consultation today to begin your case.

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