Divorce proceedings in the US have a reputation for being inherently adversarial. When many people think of the word divorce, they imagine former spouses fighting tooth and nail over of the terms of the divorce agreement. While this can happen in some cases, divorce is not always adversarial. There are options for negotiating divorce agreements, such as mediation, that help foster cooperation between ex-spouses who cannot agree on the terms of their divorce.
Mediation has advantages over a traditional divorce. It is likely to be less expensive. During mediation, you and your ex-spouse create the terms of your divorce with the help of a neutral third party (a licensed mediator). Mediation also encourages cooperation, which can make divorce easier on families.
However, mediation is not a good option for everyone. Former spouses must be willing to compromise for the process to work. If you are easily intimidated by your ex-spouse or if there is a history of domestic violence, mediation may not be a good option. In addition, mediation could be much more difficult if your spouse has an ongoing issue with substance abuse. You and your spouse should also have a willingness to be honest with each other.
Divorce agreements created by mediation are legally-binding once signed by both parties.
Questions About Mediation? Contact Our Lewisville Family Law Attorneys
We did not list all of the benefits of mediation in our blog, or whether it would be the right choice for your individual situation. Keep in mind that not all family law attorneys have experience with the mediation process. Mediation is still a relatively new way to create divorce agreements.
You should speak to one of the Lewisville family law attorneys at Julian, Crowder & Shuster, P.C. to explore this option further. Jared Julian, a partner at our firm, is a board-certified family law attorney and licensed mediator.