Santa Barbara Divorce Mediation Basics
Divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, child support and child custody, and more.
California allows for uncontested divorces, as well as an even faster, more streamlined process called “summary dissolution.” Cal. Fam. Code § 2406. The California Courts provide a detailed guide for this process in the summary dissolution information booklet.
In Santa Barbara, couples can file a marital settlement agreement (also called a “stipulated judgment”) with the court as an uncontested divorce. There are several requirements that must be met, including residency in the state and agreement on all issues between the spouses. Uncontested divorce in Santa Barbara simplifies the procedures and costs associated with filing for divorce.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes and then file an uncontested divorce in Santa Barbara. And mediation can also help with other, ongoing disputes, even after the divorce is final. As in many states, divorce mediation is confidential and generally not admissible as evidence in court proceedings. Cal. Evid. Code §§ 1119, 1120 (2021).
For more information on Santa Barbara divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in California.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.