There are often divorce cases in which a couple wishes to pursue an alternative method that exists outside of court. While it is not always possible for all couples to do, it can be very beneficial for those who are able to reach an agreement about their marital issues on their own. There are many different methods that can be used to divorce, one of which is mediation.
Mediation offers spouses the opportunity to come together and negotiate their divorce on their own terms. This is done with the help of an unbiased mediator instead of a judge making decisions for them. It is here that couples discuss any marital issues that are unaddressed. The mediator’s purpose is to listen to both spouses and help them reach decisions that are best for them and their family. Conversations in mediation may consist of child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are several benefits to using mediation to settle a divorce. When a couple talks things out in mediation, they typically feel better about the agreements they reach instead of a judge making decisions for them. Benefits of mediation may include:
- Control: Mediation lets spouses have control over the decisions they make regarding their divorce. With a divorce through trial, a judge makes all decisions about their marital issues. Mediation allows spouses to make these decisions.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. Neither spouse or the third party is permitted to share information in mediation or use it against one another. This allows spouses to be open and honest with one another throughout the process.
- Speed: Mediation is usually quicker than other divorce methods. This may depend on the couple and how many issues there are to resolve.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through litigation, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through trial can be expensive for both the couple and the state of New York.
- Choice: Couples are given the option to participate in mediation. It is a voluntary process that lets spouses reach positive decisions on their own.
- Family: When a couple goes through mediation, it typically benefits any family involved. Trials can often be difficult and bring out bad sides in people, while mediation allows for healthy conversations. This is a beneficial option for those with children.
How Does the Process End?
When a couple reaches an agreement on the terms of their divorce, the mediator can then draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This outlines the spouses’ agreements made in mediation. After this, the spouses then give the Memorandum to their attorneys who create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once this is signed, the spouses can go to court as an uncontested case and finalize their divorce.
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