What are the benefits for mediation?

Mediation is a process that spouses can use to reach a divorce and solve their issues during the process. Through this process, couples will meet with a third party known as a mediator who serves as an aid during their sessions. The mediator is there to guide the conversation to reach resolutions regarding matters such as child support, alimony and more. The mediator does not make decisions for the couple. It is important that couples cooperate in these situations otherwise they may not be able to reach conclusions that make the process effective.

Through mediated divorces, spouses are able to act more respectfully toward one another and hold on to that respect. By avoiding court, they may be able to avoid drama and arguments with one another. If these couples had children together, their children can witness a working relationship between their parents. Instead of seeing their parents fight over important issues, the children can witness their parents set a good example of how to act. By maintaining a healthy relationship with their former spouse, it can help to make a more accessible child custody arrangement.

Since mediation does not take place in litigation, it allows for more privacy. A judge will not be making the decisions. Due to this, spouses may be able to reach a more favorable outcome. Instead of having someone else decide on matters for them, they will have more control over the outcome. This may provide them with a more satisfied feeling regarding child custody, support or alimony. During mediation, couples can take as much time as they need. It is done at their own pace. Since litigation can be time-consuming, it may cause it to be more costly due to attorney fees. With mediation, spouses have the opportunity to save money and time.

What other options do I have for divorce?

Due to the amount of cooperation required for mediation, it may not be for everyone. If couples are not able to work together during mediation sessions, they have the option to end the process at any time. This can be beneficial in the end since they will be more likely to have their problems solved in litigation. Couples may have to enter into a contested divorce where they will need to enter into litigation to have a judge make decisions on their marital issues for them. For these situations, individuals may not be able to receive as favorable as an outcome as they hoped for.

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