No one gets married expecting to get divorced. But unfortunately, it happens. And when it does, it can be a stressful and emotional process. Mediation is one way to help reduce the stress of divorce by assisting couples in communicating and reaching an agreement on important issues.
If you’re considering mediation for your divorce, read on to learn more about how it can help you during this difficult time.
What is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) designed to help divorcing couples reach mutually beneficial agreements. It offers a peaceful alternative to the war-filled litigation environment, allowing couples to work through their issues together.
An experienced mediator can help steer the parties toward an agreement on issues like property division, alimony payments or child custody/visitation rights. With mediation, spouses can devise solutions that will satisfy all parties involved, which often results in better long-term outcomes than if a court were to make those decisions for them.
Not only does mediation reduce the time and cost of divorce proceedings, but it also reduces stress for both spouses, allowing for more productive communication between everyone involved and ultimately helping the couple move forward amicably with their lives. It does this by:
- Allowing them to talk out their split in a neutral setting that is designed to be cooperative rather than adversarial
- Allowing them to work around their schedules instead of having to wait strictly on the court’s calendar
- Giving them an opportunity to negotiate and craft agreements that are uniquely suited for their situation, instead of being stuck with whatever a judge decides
If you’re considering divorce, mediation may be a good option for you. It can be cheaper and faster than going to court and can be just as effective in resolving all of the issues involved in your divorce.