When a marriage is heading toward divorce, the couple is already dealing with a lot of emotions. The last thing many people want to do is have a long, difficult legal battle in a courtroom. Most would rather come to an amicable conclusion, make decisions about their future, and move on. When a couple can put aside their differences to work towards a common goal, mediation may help them avoid the pitfalls of a stressful legal situation. In mediation, the divorcing spouses can address relevant marital issues such as spousal maintenance, property distribution, child custody, relocation, visitation, child support, and other disputed factors of a divorce. Mediation can allow a couple to save time, money, and the headache of going to court. If you are considering divorce and are interested in mediation, contact The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC to discuss which option may be best for you.
Mediation is quickly becoming the most utilized form of alternative dispute resolution. In mediation, the couple comes together in a neutral location to discuss the contested marital issues related to their divorce, with a common goal of finding an amicable solution. The couple will hire a mediator as a neutral third party to help guide them through the process and assist them in handling unresolved matters of their divorce. When couples come into the process willing to work together and possibly have many of their marital issues resolved, they may finish the process quite quickly. In mediation, a couple can take as much time or as little time as they need to come to a decision because they do not have to rely on a court date or a judge. After all relevant matters are resolved, the mediator drafts a Separation Agreement that the parties may discuss with their respective legal counsel. Once both sides are satisfied, the Agreement can be filed in court. The judge is responsible for a Final Judgment of Divorce, which will effectively end the marriage.
Mediation comes with a number of benefits. Some of the benefits are outlined as follows.
If you are considering divorce but wish to avoid going to court, it may be in your interest to consider mediation. The Law Office of Peter L. Jameson, PLLC has years of experience guiding clients through the mediation process and on to a better situation. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation so we can determine if mediation is right for you.