Divorce can be an incredibly challenging process. A marriage is ending and couples must work through incredibly challenging issues like child custody, financial support and property division.
Many couples are turning to mediation to work through issues and discuss a framework for moving forward.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a specially trained mediator helps parties communicate and identify common ground toward hoping to resolve issues. The mediator is neutral and does not decide on issues for the parties, but instead, helps facilitate discussions with a goal of helping parties settle issues.
Importantly, any settlement of issues through mediation requires the agreement of both parties. If the parties are to reach an agreement, any unresolved issues can be litigated before a judge.
Benefits of mediation
Mediation offers several important potential benefits.
Settlement through mediation is ordinarily far less expensive than litigating an issue before a judge.
Settlement allows the parties to find workable solutions to issues, rather than relying on a judge to impose conditions. This is advantageous because the parties know best what works for them and are more likely to voluntarily comply with the terms to which they agreed.
Finally, mediation offers the potential for parties to develop a framework for future relations, which is especially important if the parties must continue working together to raise children.
Consult an attorney
If you are facing divorce, you should consult with a knowledgeable family law attorney. An attorney can advise on the benefits of mediation, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of any potential settlements discussed during a mediation session.