Divorce is a very difficult time for the parties and the entire family. In addition to the emotional toll that this takes on everyone, the legal process can add significant stress to an already complicated situation. Going to court is time-consuming and can be expensive. In some cases, litigation is the appropriate route for divorce. However, in many cases, mediation can be an excellent alternative for divorcing couples.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution and an alternative to traditional litigation. It is a private process which can take from one to multiple sessions and it involves the parties in the divorce, their attorneys (if they have any) and an impartial mediator who facilitates a conversation between the parties in an effort to reach a solution that works for both of them.
What are the benefits of mediation?
The benefits of mediation include that it is efficient, cost-effective, and a much faster way of settling issues with the other party. It is key, however, that the parties understand that mediation is not like the courtroom and the mediator does not make decisions for them. Instead, the mediator helps the parties clarify what the issues that need to be discussed are and provides a safe space for them to talk about these issues in a civilized manner.
How does mediation work?
Mediation can take place with both parties in the same room or in separate rooms, with the mediator going back and forth. Also, mediations can now take place online via internet video platforms, which allows greater flexibility if the parties are not in the same physical location.
The process of divorce can take a toll on everyone involved but it doesn’t have to be adversarial and there are alternatives to litigation. If the parties are committed to collaborating and respecting each other as they work through their issues, mediation can be an excellent, effective tool for divorce.