Couples in the state of New York who are heading towards divorce can be comforted by the knowledge that they are not required to divorce through litigation. When spouses are able to work together, there are other alternative methods available to them. A common alternative is mediation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New York divorce attorney for assistance with your divorce.

What is Mediation?

Spouses who are able to work with one another during their divorce, they may benefit from the process of mediation. This method allows both parties to participate in negotiations regarding the terms of their divorce. This can include discussions about matters such as child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony. This process exists with the help of an unbiased third-party mediator whose job is to guide spouses towards making their own decisions.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

There are several benefits to divorce mediation, including the following:

  • Control: Spouses have 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.

How Does Mediation End?

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 the court as an uncontested divorce. Here, a judge can approve the divorce so the process can conclude.

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