Mediation is a process that spouses can use to reach a divorce. Through this process, couples will meet with a third party known as a mediator. The mediator is there to guide the conversation to reach resolutions regarding matters such as child support, alimony and more. It is important that couples cooperate in these situations. Otherwise, the process of mediation will not be effective for the spouses.
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 both of 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 is not for everyone. Couples may have to enter into a contested divorce where they will need to enter into litigation. During litigation, important decisions will be decided on by a judge. For these situations, individuals may not be able to receive as favorable as an outcome as they hoped for.
If you decide to go through with mediation but realize it is too difficult to continue with, you have the option of pulling out of mediation. You have the right to stop the mediation process and contest the divorce.
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