Mediation can be successful at every stage of the divorce process to minimize conflict and reduce costs because:
- Challenging Issues settled through mediation can be resolved in days – versus several months or years.
- Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your needs of what work for your specific situation rather than allowing a court ordered solution to be imposed upon you, and your family, based only on rigid and impersonal legal system
- You and your spouse – not the court – control the process.
- Mediation is confidential with no public record of what is discussed in your sessions.
Couples can use mediation to resolve all divorce-related issues or only a few specific issues with which a couple needs help. For example, a couple may have agreed on how to divide their marital property but need help working through their parenting plan. Because mediation can be targeted to a specific issue it can save a family time and money.
Mediation can occur before or after a divorce action has been filed with the court. Our mediators are licensed to handle either type of mediation. Mediation can even occur after the divorce is final. For example, clients with minor children find mediation to be useful for discussing what is in the best interests of their children and how they can modify their divorce agreement to meet children’s changing needs and circumstances. Post-divorce mediation can also be used to resolve alimony and child support modification disputes.
A divorce affects all aspects of a person’s life. From your professional life to the relationship you have with your children — nothing goes untouched. As a registered neutral mediator, I encourage my clients to consider the benefits of alternative dispute resolution, including:
- Saving money: Litigation eats up money by drawing out the divorce process. The more contention, the higher the costs. Mediation keeps the process moving while allowing you to avoid going before a judge.
- Saving time: As mentioned, litigation can be a prolonged process. In mediation, you and your spouse can work through issues directly.
- Minimize stress: When you leave your affairs up to the courts, you have little to no control over the outcome. During sessions with a mediator, you and your partner have the power to determine the future of your affairs.
Protect your children: Mediation spares children the emotional trauma of watching their parents fight one another in court. Furthermore, by working together, you and your partner can reach a parenting agreement that accounts for the wishes and best interests of your children.