Mediation is an excellent way to communicate agreement proposals indirectly in the event that you and your spouse cannot agree on specific issues, or are having difficulties communicating at all.
Mediation is sometimes, but not always, ordered by the court. In the event there are children living at home, you may want to attend mediation services if you and your spouse are unable to refrain from heated disputes, or are otherwise unable to come a mutually beneficial agreement on sensitive issues.
You may attend mediation even after you have obtained legal representation. In fact, when topics can be resolved amicably mediation is used by attorneys in divorce cases.
Mediation works because a neutral third party assists you and your spouse toward working out differences without communicating directly. Sometimes, this is a very helpful medium, especially when children are involved.
Why Mediation Works
The solutions available to you and your spouse a much greater through mediation. Many times, especially in divorce cases, someone walks away feeling as though the case did not go the way they felt that it should.
Through mediation and representation, there is a greater chance of conflict resolution, therefore, coming to an agreement you can live with instead of the courts deciding for you. The stress that you may experience in court, and the residual effects on your home life, is worth the time and possible positive outcome that mediation offers.
Mediation usually costs much less in the long-run, primarily because a step by step resolution to issues is much less costly than long, hard-fought battles in court. The goal is to come to terms on as many issues you and your spouse are facing as possible.
Working in this fashion encourages a quick divorce proceeding by limiting contested issues. Remember, the more you and your spouse disagree in court, the longer, more heated, and costly the proceedings will become.
Time is valuable, and there is a lot more to do once the divorce is final. You are beginning a new chapter in your life, so you need to get through the courtroom portion of your divorce as quickly as possible.
If mediation sounds like a good option for you we can further guide you through this delicate process. We will advise you as to what you should and shouldn’t agree to, helping you move forward and save money in the long-run.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.