In many divorces there are crucial issues to decide, including how to allocate assets and property, arrange child custody, and establish spousal and/or child support. Allowing a court to make these decisions for you is an option but coming to an agreement on your own can be cheaper and result in a better outcome.
Of course, when a marriage has begun to fail, compromising on vital issues may be a challenge. But divorce mediation can be a valuable and effective tool for communication and collaboration to assist both parties to come to an acceptable agreement.
What is Divorce Mediation?
If you and your spouse have agreed to divorce and need help navigating the issues and negotiating a final agreement, engaging a trained mediator may be the most expeditious and affordable way forward.
A meditator’s role is to facilitate productive communication and provide relevant input which allows the parties to make informed decisions. A mediator typically sets the meeting agenda and maintains structure, requests and reviews information provided by both participants, listens to both parties, and drafts a proposed settlement.
What is the Cost of Divorce Mediation?
While mediation may involve some costs, it is generally far less expensive than pursuing litigation. This is probably the primary benefit of attempting to mediate your divorce.
Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?
If you feel that you and your spouse have aligned goals, mediation may be the optimal path.
Mediation may not be the best option if:
- Both spouses are not able to compromise.
- Circumstances are too tense for spouses to attend the same meeting.
- Domestic abuse is present.
- There is suspicion that assets may be hidden.
Mediators don’t provide legal advice, so you may still need a lawyer to advise you and represent your interests.