During a divorce, many conflicts can arise. Because marriage is very personal, people often want to make their own decisions. For this reason, it is not uncommon for couples to initially turn to mediation when trying to resolve disagreements.
Traditionally with mediation, spouses work alongside legal representation to come to an agreement. If they can reach one, there is no need to go to court. In recent years, a more integrative form of mediation has emerged that involves working with two or more divorce professionals, such as a lawyer and therapist. Here are three benefits of going this route.
1. Improving coordination
In most cases, people going through divorce work with several professionals to help them through it, but this occurs without any coordination. As a result, unnecessary spending can happen when services overlap. Taking an integrative approach brings everyone together onto the same page.
2. Achieving common good
One of the benefits of mediation is the potential it provides for leaving things in a better place for everyone. Court systems can be adversarial, and a scenario of winners and losers can be painful. With integrative mediation, you can reduce tension while increasing understanding. As a result, everyone can feel a bit better in the end.
3. Increasing versatility
Another great thing about integrative mediation is the versatility this divorce modality affords to individuals. Depending on your situation, maybe having a financial advisor as part of your mediation is more important than having a child’s mental health specialist on the team, but that may not be the case if you have young children. With integrative mediation, the choice is yours.
Although divorce is rarely easy, it does not have to be unnecessarily difficult. Integrative mediation is one way you can try improving your outcome.