Mediation is a popular alternative to divorce that allows couple to meet with a neutral third party to hammer out some of the issues in their divorce. While the mediator does not make decisions on behalf of the couple, he or she could help to facilitate discussions and guide the couple as they attempt to figure out the best arrangements for them.
There are a number of benefits to mediation that make it so popular, including:
- It is significantly less expensive than having to go through a divorce trial or hearings in court
- Most mediations allow couples to resolve all of the issues at stake in their divorce
- Mediations allow each spouse to determine what they believe is a fair resolution in their divorce, rather than being forced to accept a resolution imposed by a judge
- The process of a mediation can help to improve communication between the spouses, which can come in handy for avoiding future conflicts after the divorce is finalized
Of course, mediation isn’t necessarily for everyone. If there has been domestic violence in your relationship, or if your relationship with your spouse has diminished to the point where you are not even on speaking terms any more, mediation is an unrealistic option and it’s better to go through the court process. But if you believe that you are able to collaborate for a short period of time, you may find that mediation is right for you.
Contact a Jacksonville family law attorney to discuss the potential for using mediation to settle your divorce.
Divorce attorney Andrea Jevic contributed to this blog post.