Many couple going through divorce turn to mediation to help them work through difficult issues. In some cases, mediation may even be mandatory.
So what is mediation and how does it work?
Mediation is a process in which a specially trained mediator helps parties communicate and find common ground on challenging issues.
Each party ordinarily attends the mediation with their attorney. The mediator facilitates negotiations between the parties, with the ultimate goal of resolving contested issues.
Importantly, the mediator does not decide issues for the parties. Whether to settle is entirely up to the parties, with any unresolved issues proceeding to court for a decision from a judge or magistrate.
Benefits of mediation
Mediation is recognized as an effective method for settling issues, although each case is different.
Resolving issues in mediation can reduce the expenses and stress associated with litigating issues in court. It allows parties to craft a resolution that works for both of them, rather than relying on a judge who may not fully appreciate the workability of their decision.
Mediation also increases the potential for parties to develop a framework for setting aside their differences and working together in the future. This is especially important when there are children that will require the parties to cooperate on parenting.
If you are considering mediation or facing divorce, it is important to speak with an experienced attorney, who can advise on your rights and options moving forward.