Divorce Mediation is an increasingly popular process for divorcing couples. In mediation, a neutral third party (the mediator) helps both parties move through the divorce process by facilitating communication and aiding negotiation. An experienced mediator will help you reach an agreement on all of the necessary issues that must be discussed and decided upon in order for your divorce to be granted.
Why Choose Mediation?
One of the alternatives to mediation is litigation. In litigation, you either represent yourself or hire an attorney and a judge or commissioner will make decisions for you. From the beginning of a litigated case, you are preparing for trial. Mounting legal fees, stress, and court delays often invoke feelings of despair and anxiety for litigants. Couples who choose mediation understand that divorce is hard enough on its own. In mediation, you can schedule sessions on dates and times that work for your schedule. In addition to easier and quicker scheduling, couples who mediate their divorce can avoid ever having to step foot in a stressful courtroom. Minimizing your stress is extremely important for couples who have children. Having a more peaceful home environment during the divorce process helps children transition through the divorce process more easily than if the parents are wrapped up in a contentious custody battle. Mediation is ideal for those who want to minimize their costs, protect their children, and move forward in a more time efficient manner.
Will Mediation Work?
For mediation to work, you need to make sure that both you and your spouse are willing to compromise, interested in moving forward, and that there is an underlying trust between you. Mediation is highly successful when both people agree that they want to make their own decisions instead of having a judge tell them what to do.
There are many different mediation styles out there, so be sure to find a mediator whose style and approach suits you. We offer a free consultation to give you the opportunity to meet our mediators and determine whether their style suits your needs.