After deciding to end a marriage, the process to reach an actual dissolution of marriage can seem daunting and emotionally taxing. Consequently, many people have been seeking alternative methods to end their marriages. While not appropriate in every case, these alternative dispute resolutions (ADR) can provide a welcome option to divorcing spouses.
One of the most common forms of ADR is mediation. When parties agree to mediation, a neutral, third party will help them reach decisions on their own, without entering a courtroom. In addition, it is important to note that the mediator does not reach these agreements unilaterally after hearing from both sides; rather, the two parties involved make decisions with the help of the mediator’s assistance.
Before making the choice to go down this path, it is a good idea to consider the benefits and talk to a knowledgeable family law attorney to determine if it is the best choice for your situation.
The benefits of mediation
One of the most obvious benefits of mediation for many couples is the fact that it is often less expensive and time-consuming than a traditional divorce. As mediation avoids the courtroom, the spouses are typically able to resolve their differences faster and, therefore, with lower costs.
While time and money saved are important to most people, the benefits of mediation go well beyond these practical considerations. In many cases, people find the emotional toll of ending a marriage through mediation is not as taxing as a lengthy, courtroom battle. Both parties are more likely to be satisfied with the final agreement when they have been able to amicably make decisions together.
Finally, it is critical to note that choosing mediation does not mean every issue must be addressed and resolved through this process. If there are certain subjects that are too difficult to resolve through mediation, those specific areas may be saved for the courtroom.
We can help in two different ways
When considering mediation, there are two ways we, at Bartholomew & Wasznicky LLP, can help you through the process:
- We can act as consulting attorneys, providing assistance during the mediation process.
- We can act as the mediator, working with both sides to reach an agreement.
For those who are considering a divorce and think mediation may be an appropriate method, contacting the attorneys at Bartholomew & Wasznicky, LLP is a wise first step. Our attorneys will discuss your situation with you and will be able to advise you about the best course of action.