In New York, there are various ways to get divorced. Couples may have to settle matters of child support, child custody, alimony, division of assets, and more. Luckily, there are a number of ways to do this. One of the most popular ways is through the process of mediation. Read on to learn more.
What is Mediation?
Mediation involves a couple working through the matters of their divorce with a neutral third party. This process takes place outside of the court. During this process, couples can find unique solutions and collaborate to create agreements that work for them. Another common method of divorce is litigation. Litigation occurs through the court and involves a judge making decisions about the matters of your divorce on your behalf. Some other potential methods include arbitration and collaborative divorce.
What are the Benefits of 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?
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.
If you are interested in the process of mediation, reach out to our firm for more information. We are here to walk you through the process every step of the way.
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