Divorce is one of the most difficult of life’s transitions. Picking apart every aspect of your life, holding it up for inspection and dividing it between you and your spouse can be very hard.
How you manage the divorce process can help make the process less awful. If you would like to keep your divorce peaceful and as smooth as possible, perhaps you should consider mediation.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a dispute resolution method where a mediating attorney guides discussions to reach solutions that are amenable to both parties. Each spouse also has their own attorney present who helps protect their client’s interests. Mediation can resolve all the issues that you need to address in a divorce, including child custody, spousal maintenance and property division.
What are some benefits of mediation?
Mediation has many benefits over traditional divorce methods, including:
- It is less expensive
- Mediators are fair and neutral, helping both parties reach a mutually beneficial agreement
- Mediation avoids court
- It fosters cooperation and amicability and lessens stressors
- Mediation helps uncover areas of agreement, expediting decisions
- Mediation allows for creative solutions to problems
- Mediation can get your divorce finalized faster
How can you know if mediation will work for your divorce?
Some situations lend themselves to mediation over traditional methods. Signs that mediation may be a good choice for you are:
- You and your soon-to-be ex both agree to the divorce
- Your marriage does not have a history of domestic violence
- Both of you are honest and forthcoming about your finances
If you would like your divorce to be as peaceful as possible, consider mediation.