Divorce mediation is a process that allows divorcing couples to gather with a specially trained, neutral third-party to talk about and solve general divorce-related issues. Mediation is typically less stressful and less costly than the divorce process, and it usually concludes much faster. Because you and your partner have the final say on separation issues, mediation also allows couples to keep that power and control of their separation, as opposed to having a judge decide. The mediator should be educated at conflict resolution and have comprehensive knowledge of the government’s divorce laws. Additionally, the mediator should be ready to bring together you and your partner to facilitate a significant conversation about the topics in hand, which will help remove the finger-pointing and other drama that usually accompanies divorce. Typically, mediators can keep you on track and may give suggestions to help you solve any lingering matters.
What to expect
In a divorce mediation, a third-party mediator meets with both parties, and their attorneys, to work out the best possible solution in regard to their divorce and any other related matters. While also being a potentially less expensive option, mediation can allow the parties involved to come to an agreement that is on their own terms, not forced upon them unwillingly by the court, and not on public record.
When Is Mediation Necessary?
So, when is divorce mediation necessary? One of the more common reason for divorce is because of the lack of communication between two parties. If there are no clear rules or guidelines, it is difficult to resolve disputes effectively. The best way to avoid this problem is by having a mediator present during the process. The mediator will be able to provide advice and guidance on how to resolve the dispute. The mediator will also make recommendations based on your needs and help both parties clearly communicate their objectives. In this way, there is a clear line of communication in a situation where there may not have been one previously.
Instead of taking your divorce case to court, you can take advantage of the mediator’s expertise and experience. This is especially important when you are dealing with a divorce settlement. In this situation, an amicable resolution can be made with or without the presence of each parties’ lawyers. Not only is it a cheaper alternative than the costs of a court proceeding, but it is a less stressful situation in which the best resolution can come to all parties. It can also be a more personal setting in which an agreement can be made, which can benefit everyone involved in this tumultuous process.
During a divorce, it may seem impossible to come to an agreement with anyone on anything. In a divorce mediation, there is an opportunity for all parties to come to a mutually acceptable resolution. With the help of a qualified mediator, the two parties can work together to resolve any issues that arise. This is especially important if you have children or other family members who are involved in the divorce process.
If you are going through a divorce and want to discuss what your options are, contact Latiolais Law Firm. Emily Latiolais and her team are ready to help you during a difficult time, give you the time and understanding that a divorce, mediation, and/or family lawyer needs!