Obtaining a divorce is a major decision that can have significant impacts on a person’s life. There are many factors to consider throughout the divorce process, such as property division, support, and child custody. Often, settling such matters can be contentious and there is always a potential for conflict.
It is generally beneficial to both spouses if the conflict is avoided, and divorce mediation could offer a means of achieving this. Outlined below are some of the fundamental aspects of divorce mediation.
A faster resolution
One reason why many couples prefer mediation to litigation is the amount of time needed to complete the divorce. Where both spouses are able to draw up agreements, with the guidance of a mediator, the length of time required can be minimal. In contrast, if couples have taken an adversarial approach towards their divorce, court cases can last for several months or longer.
More control over proceedings
If you are involved in a court battle, you will have little to no say over when hearings are to be scheduled. This can have a significant impact on both your professional and personal life. Through mediation, you have a higher level of control over the schedule. Both you and your former partner can arrange appointments that suit you. In some instances, mediation can even be held outside of regular office hours.
A better post-divorce relationship
If you and your former spouse have children, you are both going to need to remain active in their lives until adulthood. It is likely that you will both need to work together to tackle parental issues. By successfully navigating problems during the mediation process, you can set yourself up for effective communication as co-parents.
It is in the best interests of both you and your loved ones to reduce conflict during divorce. Working with an experienced neutral mediator will allow you and your spouse to navigate the difficult divorce process while working to help you to come to a consensus on all issues.