Top 10 Situations When Divorce Mediation is Not For You

By Gerald A. Maggio, Esq.

Top Orange County divorce mediators; California Divorce Mediators

By:  Gerald Maggio, Divorce Mediator & Attorney

In a majority of divorce and custody cases, divorce and custody mediation is an expedient and cost-effective way to resolve issues amicably without litigation.  However, there are circumstances and situations when divorce and custody mediation is not in your best interests.  Here are the top 10 situations when divorce and custody mediation is not a good option:

  1. You and/or your children have been abused in any way by your spouse.
  2. You are in fear of your spouse.
  3. Your spouse is seeking to cause you emotional pain and suffering in the divorce.
  4. Either spouse is not emotionally able to make good, informed decisions about your case.
  5. You do not trust your spouse to be fair or honest.
  6. You cannot be fair or honest with your spouse.
  7. You or your spouse abuse drugs or alcohol.
  8. You have difficulty in making decisions for yourself.
  9. Your spouse wants to keep the case and the conflict going to maintain contact and a connection to you.
  10. Your spouse suffers from borderline personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, or is manipulative and unpredictable.

For more information or to schedule a consultation to determine if divorce mediation is a good option for you based on your circumstances, please contact California Divorce Mediators at 1-888-258-8383 or at

To learn more about the divorce process in California and how mediation can help, please visit our page, “What is Divorce Mediation.”