Divorce is a difficult and emotional process. But, knowing what to expect can make things much easier. Read on to learn more about the process of mediation and some tips to help things go as smoothly as possible.:
Why do couples choose mediation?
Mediation is a popular option amongst couples for the following reasons:
- Control: Spouses have more control over making their decisions. The court nor the mediator makes decisions for them.
- Confidentiality: The information shared in this process cannot be discussed with anyone else or used against either spouse.
- Speed: The process takes only as long as couples need to settle the issues they have to resolve.
- Cost: Mediation is more cost-effective. Trials can be expensive for both the couple and the state.
- Choice: Mediation is voluntary, as spouses have the choice to participate.
- Family: Mediation facilitates healthy conversations, which can benefit any couple that has family involved.
What does the mediation process entail?
Mediation occurs outside of the courtroom. During this process, the couple will work with a neutral third party to agree upon the matters of their divorce. When the two spouses finalize their agreements made throughout the negotiations, the mediator present can draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This is a document that outlines the decisions that were made. Once drafted, it is given to each party’s attorney so they can create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. This document must be signed by all parties included before going to court as an uncontested divorce. Here, a judge can approve the divorce so the process can conclude.
What makes mediation successful?
- Be on board: Mediation is a collaborative process. Essentially, it will only work if you and your spouse are both prepared to communicate and make compromises.
- Pick the right mediator: Choosing an experienced mediator is an important part of the process.
- Do your research: As mentioned before, knowing what to expect can be a big help.
- Control your emotions: It is easy to become emotional during mediation, but getting angry will likely hinder the process. It is important to remain level-headed.
- Be open-minded: Generally, mediation involves compromise. It is important to be open to various solutions.
If you are interested in learning more about mediation, our firm is here for you. Reach out today to discuss your options.
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