Many people are hesitant to proceed with a divorce because they’ve heard negative anecdotes and seen the acrimony that accompanies the process in movies and television shows. It is not uncommon, however, for divorcing couples to handle themselves professionally and courteously through the process aided by divorce mediation.
As an alternate method of dispute resolution, mediation allows the parties to work together to resolve issues rather than have orders given to them. Since they have a stake in the successful outcome, both parties are likely to work hard to follow the limits they’ve given themselves and agreed upon during the mediation itself. There are five benefits that divorcing couples commonly find in mediation:
- A neutral mediator: While both spouses will be represented by their own attorneys, the mediation itself is facilitated by a neutral third party. This individual’s role is to keep the discussions meaningful yet positive and ensure everyone is providing honest answers through engaged participation.
- Low-conflict environment: Many people find legal settings intimidating. Not only is the location designed to be comfortable, the atmosphere of mediation is geared toward “working together” rather than “winning a battle.”
- Saving time and money: While every divorcing couple faces unique challenges, mediation generally takes a shorter amount of time and costs less than traditional litigation.
- Empowered decision-making: As mentioned before, through traditional courtroom litigation a divorcing couple is handed the order by the judge. Through divorce mediation, the two parties work together to reach a compromise that is acceptable to all involved. Since they had a stake in reaching the agreement, they are more likely to work to see it succeed.
- A private matter: The divorce mediation is accomplished behind closed doors without hearings that are open to the public. All communication, documents, agreements and disclosures are confidential.
Even if a divorce is the best solution possible for a couple, it can still be a challenging situation. Divorce mediation lets the two parties work together in a comfortable environment guided by their chosen legal professionals.