Divorce is a stressful process, but choosing the right method can help ease some of the difficulties. When getting divorced, many couples choose to go through the process of mediation. Read on to learn more about the benefits of mediation and some tips for a mediated divorce.
What are the benefits of mediation?
Mediation is a process that occurs outside of the court. This process involves a couple sitting down with a neutral third party to discuss and settle the matters of their divorce. Some of the benefits of mediation include:
- Control: With a divorce through trial, a judge has the right to make decisions about their marital issues. Mediation gives spouses control and lets them make decisions regarding the terms of their divorce.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. Neither spouse or the third party involved is allowed to share information in mediation or use it against one another. This rule gives spouses the chance to be open and honest throughout the process.
- Speed: Mediation is usually quicker than other methods of divorce. The length may depend on the couple and how many marital issues must be resolved.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through litigation, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through trial can be expensive for the couple as well as the state of New Jersey.
- Choice: Couples have the option to participate in mediation, they are not required to. It is a voluntary process that lets spouses reach positive decisions on their own.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it usually benefits any family involved. Trials can often be difficult for spouses, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is a beneficial option for those with children.
How can I have a successful mediation?
- Pick the right mediator: It is important to work with an unbiased mediator. Choosing a skilled and experienced mediator can make a world of difference.
- Do your research: In mediation, you may discuss matters of child support, child custody, division of assets, alimony, and more. It is important to research these topics in advance so you can be educated and prepared.
- Be honest: Mediation can only work if you are honest with your spouse, your mediator, and yourself.
- Control your emotions: A divorce is an emotional process, and it is easy to get worked up. But, it is important to remain calm throughout the process.
- Be open-minded: Divorce is often about compromise. The purpose of mediation is to find creative solutions that benefit both parties. This means you may not get exactly what you want, but it is important to keep an open mind.
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