Divorces are messy, but they can be necessary. Anything that mitigates animosity between partners can be a great help. Mediation does just that, moving the process along more smoothly in the following ways.
Benefits of Mediating a Divorce
- Less serious setting – Mediation provides a comfortable environment for both sides to hash things out without tempers flaring. Away from a serious courtroom setting with the accompanying procedures, partners can more amicably come to an agreement.
- Creative solutions – Statute limits the court in terms of the solutions it can offer. In mediation, you will be able to come up with creative solutions that a judge could not have authorized. Basically, by settling a divorce through mediation rather than in court, there are more options available to you.
- Child custody compromise – Mediation allows for parents to create a plan which works well for both sides. This ensures they both play an active role in the child’s life in a way that courts can rarely offer.
- Scheduling freedom – Another limit not placed on mediation is the date of the event itself. Courts have busy schedules, and where they can fit you in may not be conducive to your schedule. Additionally, picking the date yourself can expedite the process. Think of the court as a friend who insists on being included but is always busy. Through mediation, you can choose the closest date that works for you and your partner instead of waiting on that friend.
Mediation is settled with a result voluntarily agreed on by both parties. The result of divorces settled in court is imposed upon both parties. Which do you think is more likely to satisfy both sides?
Jared Julian, of Julian, Crowder and Shuster, has helped countless couples reach an amicable end to marriage. He is an attorney who can act as a third-party mediator for couples, or he can represent one side.