How Divorce Mediation Works
Private Divorce Mediation
In mediation, you and your spouse determine your own divorce agreement with the help of a mediator trained in conflict resolution. The mediator does not take sides or impose a settlement on you.
How Mediation Services will work for you:
- Voluntary Process.
- A Mediator is a neutral professional.
- Mediation is a flexible, adaptable process that distinguishes itself from most other forms of dispute resolution.
- Mediation leaves the parties feeling more in control of decision making.
- Mediation is less expensive than the tradition attorney vs. attorney process.
- Mediation is conducted in joint sessions with both clients in a room at the same time.
- Mediation permits the parties to develop a complete divorce settlement or a few issues; i.e., custody, property division, maintenance.
- Mediation moves quickly and is private.
- Mediation avoids the nasty tone of adversarial divorce and advocates a problem solving approach.
- The goal in mediation is to arrive at agreements that work for the parties and their children.
- Mediation does not impose a settlement; the purpose is to help the parties develop a settlement that works well for them and their children.
- The agreements developed by the parties serve as the basis for a legal separation agreement and/or divorce decree.
- There are a number of advantages in reaching an agreement rather than litigation:
- Litigation is time consuming. It is not unusual for a divorce proceeding to take many months before a resolution is reached. During this time frame the parties tend to experience emotional distress;
- The cost of litigation is excessive and depending on how many other people need to be involved, the cost could increase by many thousands of dollars. Many times clients are not in a financial position to pay these costs;
- There is a psychological advantage when a party voluntarily agrees to perform certain obligations. Since the parties are empowered during mediation to make their own decisions, there is a stronger possibility that the parties will comply with self-imposed responsibilities than if the same burdens were imposed by a judge;
- Finally, when the parties have resolved the issues through their own agreement, there is often less acrimony than in the case of litigation.