With divorce comes the fear of the situation getting out of control. Divorce is stressful for all parties involved, and has the potential to bring out the worst in people. If you fear a stressful divorce, you might want to consider another option: divorce mediation.
Mediation allows for a negotiation process in which everyone involved puts together an equal outcome that feels fair to both parties. Mediation can also be a quicker process because both sides are working together t reach a mutual final agreement. Mediation has become a popular option in the U.S. over the years, and has helped to settle 50-80% of divorce cases. Mediation allows each spouse to have a full say in the outcome of their divorce. Working through the dissolution of a marriage with a mediator, allows couples to be less defensive and more informed. Mediators are also there to offer advice or simple solutions that the couple may not have considered.
Mediation is a great option. It usually takes half the amount of time a divorce does, and couples, on average, spend at least 50% because of the decrease in the amount of time. This is because you aren’t paying for a lawyer’s time for a traditional court proceeding.
Why It Doesn’t Work for Everyone
Because mediation is focused on coming to an agreement, it doesn’t always work. If a spouse and his or her ex cannot come to an agreement on anything, then this probably won’t be the best option. A traditional court process might be the best for that situation. But mediation presents a positive environment for couples can go without feeling the need of getting combative.
Source: Digital Journal, Family Law in Denver Addresses Mediation Spike in the United States, September 14, 2014
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