Why is Mediation Helpful?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (often referred to as ADR) that allows parties to have control over the outcome of their situation.  It is particularly well-suited for use in divorce and other family law cases because it is often faster, less expensive and allows for a party to have a greater level of control.  With the help of a mediator, participants in a mediated divorce settlement are able to reach a resolution that is satisfactory to both parties.

A mediated divorce or custody settlement is independent of a court system and a judge. For this reason, divorcing couples often find that mediation is a good way to arrive at unconventional or customized arrangements regarding¬†child visitation, custody and other issues that arise during divorce.¬† In addition, if the parties are unable to settle the matter through mediation, it is not binding; they can return to court and present their arguments to a judge if they wish. Mediation is also a generally less expensive option than other options because you don’t have to pay court fees and often can wrap up the divorce in only a few sessions.

It is clear that there are a number of benefits to mediation, it just depends on whether the couple is ready and willing to communicate. Mediation requires a couple to be able to sit in the same room as one another and openly communicate in a calm and constructive manner. Mediation isn’t always for everyone but it may be worth a shot. As previously stated, if the couple is not making any progress through mediation simply because they can’t put aside their differences for the common good, it may be better to have a judge decide.

If you are contemplating mediation for your divorce, contact the experienced family law attorneys at Haber Silver Russoniello & Dunn today.