When couples go through a divorce, they sometimes wish to do so amicably and with the help of a mediator. This allows them to avoid going through the process in a courtroom with the assistance of a judge. Because of this, there are alternative methods available to spouses to complete their divorce. These are not possible for all couples to do, however, they can be beneficial for others. One of the most common alternative methods of divorce is mediation.
Mediation is used in divorce cases to allow spouses to come together and negotiate the terms of their divorce. During this time, they discuss the marital issues that have not yet been resolved. This may include matters such as child custody, child support, alimony, the division of assets, and more. This process exists with the assistance of an unbiased third party instead of a judge. Unlike a judge, they do not make decisions for the couple. Instead, they listen to both spouses and assist them in reaching decisions that are best for them.
Benefits of Mediation
When a couple participates in mediation, there are certain benefits available to them that are not available through litigation. Mediation offers healthy discussions amongst the spouses. This often allows them to feel better about the decisions they reach before going their separate ways. The benefits of divorce through mediation may include the following:
- Control: Instead of a judge making decisions for a couple about their marital issues, mediation lets spouses have power over the situation and the outcome of their divorce by making their own decisions regarding these matters
- Confidentiality: Mediation works best when both spouses are able to be open and honest with one another. This is why neither spouse or the third party involved in the process is allowed to discuss any information that is shared or use this information against one other
- Speed: There is no set length to the process of mediation. The entirety of the process depends on the couple and the issues they have to solve and there is no rush to meet a certain time limit. Mediation can often be a quick process or a long one depending on the spouses and the issues they have to solve
- Cost: Mediation is a more cost-effective process than a litigated divorce. Trials can become expensive for both the couple and the state
- Choice: Mediation is a voluntary process. Couples are never required to participate.
- Family: When a couple partakes in mediation, it is usually beneficial for the entire family. This is because trials can often create a hostile environment while mediation allows for healthy discussions. This alternative is especially favorable for families with children
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