When you and your spouse approach divorce, there are so many things to think about and so many emotions to work through.
Neither of you may look forward to a lengthy and expensive court proceeding, to say nothing of the stress involved. If you can continue to work as a team, mediation may be a viable option for you.
How it works
You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse will sit down with a compassionate attorney trained in mediation techniques. No judge will be present. The mediator's job is to provide legal information and brainstorming assistance to help you reach a divorce agreement that proves satisfactory to you both. You will work through child custody and support and visitation matters, property division, spousal support, and other divorce-related concerns. The mediator will be there to provide guidance when you need to resolve sticking points.
When compared to litigation, mediation is a much less time-consuming process that is also considerably less costly. If your post-divorce financial future is a concern, mediation is a good way to begin saving your money. It is also a good way to ensure that the lines of communication stay open, especially if you are still in the process of raising your children. Mediation is also proven to be a less stressful divorce option for children because litigation can drag out and become contentious. Couples also appreciate the privacy that mediation affords as opposed to a public court proceeding
A glimpse of the future
Divorce is one of the most difficult events you will ever go through in your life. It helps if you can keep anger and bitterness out of the process and lay a solid foundation for the next stage of your life. You and your spouse were partners in marriage. If you can work as partners in your divorce, mediation may be a better option for you than litigation.