Recognizing Common Goals: Divorce brings heightened conflict. Conflict elongates the process and deepens the financial burden of divorce. Moving to common goals of financial settlement and child custody decisions through mediation saves both parties time, grief and money.
Addressing Your Unique Circumstances: Rather than using a one-size-fits-all approach as a judge might do, settlement through professional mediation allows the parties to consider the unique circumstances of your situation in formulating a good outcome for both parties.
Creating a Safe Place for Communication: Professional Mediation provides the opportunity for each party to be heard. A Mediation process can be a safe place for the parties to communicate their concerns about the children and the finances in a manner that is constructive and productive in reaching a beneficial agreement for both.
Fulfilling Your Children’s Needs: Your Children will be better served by the parents deciding their future rather than having it decided by a judge who does not know, understand, love your children like the two of you do.
Eliminating the Risk and Uncertainty of Trial: If a judge decides the outcome of your divorce, you give up control over the terms of the settlement. If the parties enter into Professional Mediation they have the power to eliminate the risk of an uncertain outcome and control the likelihood of a fair and equitable divorce.
Reducing the Risk of Harm to Your Children: If your case goes to trial, it is likely that the parties will have to give testimony that will be upsetting to each other. As the conflict increases, the relationship between you and your spouse inevitably deteriorates. This can be harmful to your children. Mediation allows open and constructive communication in order to seek an agreement that is best for the children decided by the two people that know the children best. After a successful Mediation process the parents in many cases improve their co-parenting relationship.
Having the Support of Professionals: Using a Professional Mediator you can reach a settlement that may seem improbable given the typical conflict of divorce. Mediators have the skills to help the parties focus on what is most important and constructive to achieve settlement and away from the conflict that clouds many divorce cases that use the traditional process.
Lowering Stress: The dynamic of divorce is highly stressful. The process of a conflict-filled divorce proceeding can negatively affect everyone involved. Mediation provides the path to greatly reduce the stress by lowering the conflict and moving directly towards productive discussions on deciding finances and child custody.
Achieving Closure: When one is going through a divorce, the traditional conflict-based model process can feel as it is taking too long and definitely will cost too much. By reaching an agreement through Mediation the parties are able to put the divorce in the past and move forward with their lives productively and positively.
The facts of the Divorce Mediation Process:
Divorce Mediation is much less expensive than a court trial or a series of hearings
Most mediations end in a settlement of all of the issues in your divorce
Divorce Mediation is confidential, with no public record of what goes on in your sessions
Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you based on rigid and impersonal legal principles
You can still have a lawyer give you legal advice if you wish
You and your spouse -- not the court -- can control the process
The Divorce Mediation process can improve communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts
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