Emotions may run high during a divorce process. Separation may bring up resentment or anger between the parties involved, especially when it plays out in court. Should you and your partner wish to avoid the finger-pointing that comes with a divorce trial, you may want to explore mediation in your separation process.
Mediation allows separating couples to meet with a neutral, specially trained third party who takes them through discussion related to common issues in a divorce. Besides giving you and your partner the final say over your divorce (instead of a judge), mediation is a faster and less-expensive separation process
Mediation is voluntary
As an alternative dispute resolution method, mediation is voluntary and cannot be imposed on either spouse. In addition, it will only work if both spouses are open to agreeing on the pertinent issues in a divorce, such as property division, child custody, and support, as well as alimony. Given that mediation has no time limit, you and your partner can take all the time you need to agree on these matters.
Will mediation work for you?
It depends on the circumstances of your divorce and your relationship with your partner. Generally, mediation will work if the majority of these statements are true.
- The divorce is mutual
- There is no history of domestic abuse
- You and your spouse can agree on important issues mentioned earlier
- Both of you are forthcoming about your finances
While mediation has its perks, it is essential to ensure your rights are protected throughout the process. Yes, the mediator is a neutral party, but you need to know your rights and obligations in order to negotiate effectively. It may be helpful to learn more about the legal technicalities at play during your divorce to ensure a desirable result from the mediation process.