Divorce is a complicated matter financially, legally, and emotionally. It can bring out the worst in people. If couples cannot, or refuse, to reach an agreement on matters such as division of assets or child custody, it can end up in a heated courtroom trial on display for all to see. It is an embarrassing and stressful situation for most. However, there are other options to settle these disputes quietly, and move on with life.
A divorce mediation is a great option for couples who are willing and able to work together to achieve the best solution. A neutral third-party called a mediator will work with the parties in an outside location. If he or she is an attorney, mediation will usually take place in their office. The mediator will be someone who is very well-versed in divorce and family law, and will be able to offer solutions tailored to your unique situation. Every divorce is different.
Where there are children involved, mediation is a great tool to navigate a divorce while protecting them. The privacy of negotiations in a private office versus the public display of every marital indiscretion in a public courtroom is a no-brainer when it comes to the mental well-being of a child. Even where there are no children involved, a successful mediation allows a couple to move forward with the separate lives quicker, and more quietly than litigation. It is also much less expensive than a contested divorce.
If a couple enters mediation, but fails to reach an agreement, they will be required to hire separate attorneys to represent them in litigation. A mediator must remain neutral. This is why it is so important that he or she be experienced and up-to-date on current family law in your state. If you believe you and your spouse may be able to reach an agreement with a little bit of guidance, give mediation a try. Divorce is difficult enough emotionally. Don’t make it financially devastating as well.