Many clients we work with who are considering a divorce cringe at the thought of going through a nasty, contentious process where both parties hire lawyers and battle it out in court. They would rather communicate openly, settle various matters like child custody and property division amicably, and go their separate ways. Thankfully, mediation can often be the option they are looking for.
Divorce mediation is one of the more popular forms of alternative dispute resolution, which collectively help divorcing spouses avoid litigation. The others are collaborative divorce, informal settlement conferences, arbitration, and cooperative law.
We will focus solely on mediation and its benefits for today’s post.
What is mediation?
Even if spouses want to end their marriage and agree that going to court is not the way to do it, they may struggle with knowing where to begin working out the finer details of their divorce and communicating their desires. With mediation, an impartial third person called a mediator sits with both spouses and facilitates this process.
A mediator does not have to be a lawyer, but many lawyers double as mediators. Either way, the mediator is not there to represent one party over the other and has no authority to force either party to settle.
A few benefits of divorce mediation include:
- A fair and neutral environment
- Improved communication and cooperation
- No need for litigation
- Win-win for all parties
- Less stress, anxiety, and frustration
- A cheaper, efficient, and amicable divorce
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