Going through a divorce is never easy, but it can be especially challenging if you and your spouse cannot agree on the terms of the separation. In these cases, many couples go to court to have a judge decide on their division of assets and child custody arrangements. This process can be expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining.
However, you may be able to avoid all of that by going through divorce mediation.
The benefits of using divorce mediation
Divorce mediation is a process in which a neutral third party facilitates discussions between spouses seeking a divorce. The mediator does not make decisions for the couples. Instead, a mediator helps them to communicate openly and resolve their differences regarding child custody and visitation schedules, the division of the marital assets, issues of support and any other areas of conflict.
The goal of divorce mediation is to reach an agreement that is mutually acceptable to both spouses. They can do this through a series of face-to-face meetings or by working with attorneys or other professionals who can help the couples come to an agreement.
Mediation offers several advantages over traditional divorce proceedings:
- It is typically less expensive and quicker than litigation.
- You can maintain control over the outcome of your case rather than leaving it in the hands of a judge.
- Mediation can help to reduce the stress and conflict that often accompanies a divorce.
Throughout the process, you and your spouse will meet with the mediator regularly to discuss the terms of your divorce. At the completion, you and your spouse will reach an agreement that is fair to both parties while avoiding costly and stressful litigation.