Divorce mediation is often used to resolve disputes between a couple by engaging a neutral third party to help reach an agreement. If you and your spouse are having a hard time mutually deciding on assets and/or child custody and support issues, a mediator may be beneficial.
Aside from the avoidance of potential disputes, a couple may seek mediation for many reasons. Mediation can also be an informal alternative to divorce litigation proceedings. The 3 biggest benefits to mediation are:
Due to the informal nature of mediation proceedings, the process can be quite flexible. The lines of communication between both parties are kept open. This allows for brainstorming and collaboration on decisions that will affect both parties moving forward.
The flexibility of mediation also allows for decisions to be made fairly quickly. It could take up to 1 year for a divorce case to even be heard by a court. In contrast, mediation can happen as soon as a couple agrees to it and generally takes up to 3 months for both parties to reach a resolution. The pace of mediation is entirely up to the parties involved, not the court system.
If your divorce goes to court, anyone can attend the proceedings and learn every detail about your marriage and divorce that is shared during the proceeding. Maybe the situation is deeply personal and you would rather not have everyone in the world knowing your business. With mediation, the only people involved are you, your spouse, and your mediators. It is a closed-door process that no one else is allowed to join unless you deem it necessary.
Courthouse judges and staff have so many cases to get through in a day, they don’t have time to get to know you and your situation. They will rule in favor of what works best in the eyes of the law rather than what may work best for your unique lifestyle.
In contrast, your mediator really has a chance to get to know you and your needs as the mediation process goes on. They can effectively guide the conversation in the direction that is the most relevant to you.
Louis P. Winner, a Mediation Attorney You Can Count On
Attorney Winner has helped countless couples come to a peaceful divorce agreement through mediation. He has saved his clients thousands of dollars in legal fees and is capable of guiding the conversation to a quick resolution.
Contact his office online or give him a call for a consultation: (502) 812-1889.