What is divorce mediation?
Divorce Mediation is a voluntary process which encourages disputing parties to communicate and cooperate directly with one another. Throughout the process, the couple will be given legal and psychological information so that they can make an informed decision, as well as help with separating their emotional issues from their financial decisions. Each couple will cover the issues of child support, spousal maintenance [alimony], equitable distribution [the division of marital property], parenting arrangements [often called custody and visitation] and other miscellaneous and financial issues, so they can create their own agreement. By creating their own agreement, couples are more likely to comply with its terms than court imposed judgments. The mediated agreements are written in understandable language so that in the future, either party will be able to look back and recall their thought process as to why they both made a particular decision. Once mediation has been completed each spouse is encouraged to seek the advice of an independent review attorney, if desired. If children are in the marriage, parents understand that they will always be in each other’s lives. We work hard to focus the couple on the future as well as what will be the best and least disruptive for their children. We are not afraid to ask difficult questions or address sensitive issues such as drugs, alcohol or other problems areas so that the children are not put in harm’s way. Mediation can help the couple create conversations for their children about the many changes they are experiencing now and will be facing in the future.
The benefits of divorce mediation
- We help couples achieve a “Conscious Uncoupling.”
- The cost is much less than the traditional litigated divorce.
- Both parties are encouraged to speak openly and honestly about their needs and their wants.
- It is future focused.
- It is designed to eliminate the scars of litigation.
- Benefits all members of the family, especially the children.
- The parties negotiate their agreement and control the decision making process.
- The couple works at their own financial and emotional pace.