Contrary to the popular belief of Hollywood filmmakers, divorce doesn’t always have to be a knockdown, drag-out fight between two people whose love for one another has withered away. In fact, many divorces resolve amicably, by two people who simply realized that a life together was no longer the best option for them. In these cases, mediation is often the preferred method of resolving the various legal issues related to the end of a marriage.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution involving a neutral third party, known as a mediator. The mediator guides the couple through focused discussions and negotiations to attempt to reach amicable resolutions on the various legal issues relating to the divorce, including child custody and support, property division and spousal support.
The divorce mediation process is often more efficient, effective and affordable than standard divorce litigation.
Is Divorce Mediation Right for Me?
The mediation process isn’t right for every situation as it requires amicable discussions, patience and a commitment to work toward joint resolutions. With that said, mediation is a viable option for couples who:
- Can communicate. Mediation involves a great deal of face-to-face communication. For mediation to be effective, the couple must be on sound terms, and able to put aside any differences. Couples who simply cannot stand to be in the same room, or those looking to avenge some past pain, may not be candidates for mediation.
- Can work together. Collaboration is crucial to the mediation process. Couples must work together to identify their concerns and resolve them two the satisfaction of both parties.
- Commit to the process. Mediation is not a binding process, meaning that the mediator cannot legally order either party to do anything, such as pay child support or agree to a custody arrangement. Instead, the mediator offers guidance and advice on how to work toward resolutions. If both parties are not fully committed to the process, mediation is likely to fail.
- Demonstrate patience. Very few divorces are resolved quickly, even through mediation. The process can take time and effort and requires each party to remain patient through the ups and downs they are likely to experience.
If these factors describe you and your spouse, mediation may be a good option for your divorce proceedings.
Contact Us to Learn More About Mediation
Mediation isn’t the right strategy for every divorcing couple. We help you explore mediation and its potential impact on your unique situation. Schedule a consultation with White & Associates at 763-241-0477 now to learn more.