Not every couple needs to go through the divorce litigation process to dissolve their marriage. If you believe you and your spouse can work together to hash out a settlement, divorce mediation may appeal to you. For spouses with children, this approach is often seen as far more beneficial for maintaining a more cooperative co-parenting relationship. While litigation is more inherently hostile, mediation encourages negotiation and compromise. Continue reading to learn more about the divorce mediation process and how it works.
The Mediation Process
When you choose to go through the mediation process, you and your spouse will hire an unbiased third-party mediator. Your mediator will help facilitate negotiations without advocating for either side, ultimately assisting you both in achieving a resolution on each key divorce issue, such as property and asset division, child custody, child support, and spousal support.
Unlike divorce litigation, mediation is confidential and far more flexible. Even if your divorce is not particularly contentious or complex, litigation can take more time due to the heavy backlog courts frequently suffer from. As a result, not only is this process less time-consuming, but it is also less expensive.
Additionally, since you are not leaving the outcome of your divorce up to a judge, you and your spouse are more likely to be happy with the settlement you work on during your mediation sessions. Considering the profound impact divorce can have on the lives of everyone involved, it is crucial to take every measure to ensure the best possible outcome. Through divorce mediation, you can work on creating the most mutually agreeable settlement that works for you, your spouse, and especially your children.
Even if you and your spouse are not necessarily on the best of terms, mediation may still work for you. An effective mediator can keep you on track and help you navigate the numerous obstacles you may face during negotiations, so do not assume this approach will not work for you.
Reach Out to Our Divorce Mediation Team for the Skilled Legal Guidance You Need Today!
If you wish to end your marriage outside of court, you should consider divorce mediation. Through this approach, you and your spouse can negotiate the terms of your divorce decree, maintain privacy, reduce costs, and minimize the stress many endure when going through the divorce litigation process. At Empire Law, our mediation team can provide the legal guidance you need to navigate this process, so you can move forward onto this next chapter of your life.
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