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Amicable without Agreement

Many couples find that they are able to resolve some issues on their own, and need third party assistance to resolve other issues. Such couples are ideal candidates for mediation, which is much less expensive and less adversarial than utilizing opposing attorneys. This process may also have the most positive effects on the children as they witness their parents working together to dissolve the marriage and solve problems amicably.

A mediator is a neutral third party employed by the couple. While most meetings include the mediator and both spouses, occasional "sidebars" and/or individual telephone consultations are not uncommon. Under California law, all matters discussed with a mediator are confidential. The mediator can be involved in as many or as few issues as the couple chooses.

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