Divorces are a difficult time for both spouses. They are used to being in each other’s lives and now have to separate their lives from one another. Since these can be emotional times and prove to affect the overall family, mediation can be an amicable way to reach a divorce. Instead of contesting a divorce and ending up in court, couples can go through divorce mediation to reach a divorce while deciding on important issues. Through this process, they can maintain a level of respect for one another while working toward resolutions.
Although this process requires a lot of cooperation for both parties, it can prove to be beneficial. Spouses can work with a neutral third party to reach decisions on certain marital issues. This can include the division of assets, child custody, child support, alimony and more. Mediation is not for everyone, but it can help couples maintain a working relationship, which can be especially helpful for child custody arrangements. The process still results in a divorce being the final outcome.
How is mediation beneficial?
Mediation can have many benefits to it if couples decide to take this route. During mediation, couples can decide on issues together instead of giving a judge the authority to do so in court.With issues such as child custody and alimony being considered, it can be overwhelming for couples to enter into litigation. Mediation provides a more private process for them to reach a conclusion. Since court proceedings can be long and drawn out, this can be time-consuming and seem never-ending to the individuals involved. Mediation is done at the pace of the spouses. They can take as long as they need. This can also prove to be less costly. During litigation, attorney fees can add up based on the added time in court.
Can I end mediation?
Couples enter into mediation willingly when they do not want to contest their divorce. However, if mediation is not going as they hoped for, they can end it. Spouses can choose to contest their divorce and enter into litigation to resolve their matters instead of doing so in mediated sessions. This can give couples the freedom to try mediation and if it is unsuccessful, they can pursue another alternative.
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