The divorce process comes with many risks and complications. There are many factors to consider, including the high costs, emotions and stress involved. The traditional process can be overwhelming for various reasons and many couples seek alternatives to litigated divorce but do not know what their options are. Mediation can provide a solution.
Mediation with a neutral third party as a facilitator is a helpful alternative for many couples who wish to avoid some of the typical challenges of divorce. Understanding the divorce mediation process and benefits can help people decide what type of divorce resolution will work for their situation.
How Does Mediation Work?
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse work with a neutral third party to resolve all issues tied to divorce, including property division, child custody, parenting plans, financial obligations and other important decisions. The mediator does not make decisions; rather, they facilitate discussion between you and your spouse. In mediation, couples can work through each step of the divorce process together to find resolutions that work for both of them. In this process, couples work together to achieve both parties’ goals.
What Are The Benefits Of Mediation?
Many couples find that mediation has valuable benefits. It is usually more amicable, less expensive, more efficient and gives couples more control, unlike the typical divorce litigation process which involves deadlines, filings and court appearances over which the parties have very little control. Litigation promotes an “us vs. them” mentality. Mediation, on the other hand, lets you and your spouse have a conversation, brainstorm compromise and have input in your divorce agreement without the usual high legal fees. This type of divorce alternative can help couples maintain a positive relationship even after their official separation, while saving time and money.
Divorce mediation with the help of a qualified family law attorney can lead couples toward more amicable resolutions in their divorce, with less stress and financial impact.