Divorce is a complex and emotional process, often leading to feelings of anger, fear, sadness, and anxiety. Fortunately, resources are available to ease the emotional strain associated with divorce.
Mediation effectively allows couples who choose to end their marriage to work out the details of their divorce respectfully. In this blog, our attorneys at Coates Frey & Hackett, AAL LLLC discuss why mediation is beneficial during a divorce, when necessary, and why certain courts may require it.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that involves the services of an impartial mediator who helps both parties reach an agreement on all matters relating to the divorce, such as:
The mediator's role is not to decide who is right or wrong but to help facilitate communication between two parties so they can come up with mutually beneficial solutions. As part of mediation, both parties typically sign an agreement outlining all the points reached during the negotiations.
Should I Use Mediation?
Mediation offers several benefits over traditional court proceedings, including:
- More control over resolving your issues, including those related to children.
- Cost savings from avoiding expensive legal fees.
- Greater privacy since mediation is confidential.
- More flexibility in terms of scheduling sessions.
In addition, because each party has a say in resolving their disputes, there is less likelihood of either party feeling wronged or taken advantage of at the end of the process.
When Is Mediation Necessary?
In some cases, mediation may be mandatory if either party requests it or if either party's attorney recommends it. Additionally, many courts will require couples seeking an uncontested divorce to participate in mediation before granting a divorce decree. This service ensures that both parties fully understand all aspects of their divorce agreement before signing anything legally binding.
Divorce can be one of the most trying times in anyone's life; however, it doesn't have to be impossible if you use available resources such as mediation services. Not only will you save money by avoiding costly legal fees, but you'll also gain more control over your destiny while reducing stress levels associated with your divorce proceedings.
If you are considering filing for divorce and want more information about mediation and how it could benefit you, our team of experienced attorneys at Coates Frey & Hackett, AAL LLLC are here to help. Contact us online or give us a call today. (808) 518-6376