If you are about to get a divorce, you most likely have several questions. Will you have to move? How will you support yourself? The list goes on. Unfortunately, very often divorce will end up falling into the litigation process, opening both you and your spouse up to a potentially time-consuming and expensive situation. Additionally, the litigation process is very often emotionally-charged and ends with an outcome that may leave you dissatisfied. If this does not sound appealing to you, you are not alone. Fortunately, you may not have to go through this process if you don’t want to. If you and your spouse are ready to seek an alternative means of a divorce, here are some of the questions you may have:
What is a divorce mediator?
A divorce mediator is essentially a non-biased third party negotiator that you and your spouse can select together. A divorce mediator will work to facilitate productive, civil conversation between you and your spouse regarding the terms of your divorce. If all goes as planned, you will have drafted a valid and potentially legally enforceable document outlining the terms of your divorce. Generally, this process gives couples more of a voice while avoiding the courtroom setting altogether, which is a huge sigh of relief for many.
What factors should I consider when deciding whether to hire a mediator?
There are several factors you and your spouse should consider. They are as follows:
- Whether any sensitive issues may be better resolved through an objective third party who will listen to both you and your spouse
- The level of discord between you and your spouse. When considering hiring a mediator, you must take you and your spouse’s current relationship into account. If you are positive your spouse will not cooperate and work towards a productive solution, you may be wasting your time hiring a mediator.
- How essential is cost-effectiveness to you at this time?
- How concerned are you with the confidentiality of your divorce? Entering into the litigation process will make your divorce become part of the public record.
- How important is time-efficiency?
- Will work or other commitments limit your flexibility to attend the various divorce proceedings?
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