As more divorcing couples look for options that are less contentious than litigation in court, mediation remains high on the list of alternatives.
Couples at all income levels appreciate the benefits this out-of-court option provides. Mediation is especially popular among parents with minor children.
About the mediator
When you opt for mediation, you will meet with a neutral third party, a mediator trained in this form of alternative dispute resolution. The mediator will not take sides but will help guide you through the process of creating a divorce settlement agreement satisfactory to you and your soon-to-be-ex. The mediator will keep the discussions on track and suggest possible resolutions to any sticking points that arise.
Teamwork and communication
Successful mediation relies on teamwork and open communication between the parties. It is a good idea to come to the sessions prepared with notes so that you do not forget important points you want to bring up as you work toward your settlement agreement. The entire process is usually considerably faster than a traditional divorce in court and therefore less expensive.
A confidential process
Since mediation takes place outside of court, no judge will be present. You and your spouse will discuss everything of importance in your divorce from child custody matters to property division. The two of you will remain in control of the outcome instead of having to abide by the decisions of the court.
Better for children
The mediation atmosphere is more civil and respectful than the often-contentious divorce in court. It is therefore less stressful for everyone concerned, including the children of the marriage. The ability to communicate in a more peaceful environment also carries through to the post-divorce era and helps in the formation of the new family structure.