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Important things to know about divorce mediation

One route many divorcing couples find helpful in addressing the key issues in a divorce is mediation. Today, we’ll go over some of the basics of the divorce mediation process.

What is divorce mediation?

It is an alternative dispute resolution process for divorce. In divorce mediation, a couple tries to resolve divorce issues outside of court through reaching agreements with the help of a third party, called a mediator. There are a myriad of divorce issues couples can try to reach agreements on through this process, including child custody and property division.

What does the mediator do?

The mediator’s job is to facilitate productive discussions between the divorcing spouses and help them in their efforts to reach agreements on divorce issues. The mediator is a neutral party, meaning that he or she isn’t on any particular “side”. Also, the mediator does not serve as a “judge” in the mediation process. The mediator is there to help with the process, not to make decisions that are binding on the parties. Mediators can’t force either party to do something they don’t want to.

What benefits can mediation have?

Mediation can have various benefits for divorcing spouses. For one, it can keep divorce issues from having to go to court. Resolving such issues through agreements rather than litigation could help reduce the stress, costs and length of the divorce process.

Also, the mediation process provides the divorcing spouses with a great deal of control and can allow for creative solutions to divorce issues.

Another potential benefit is that it can help divorcing spouses build up experience in working together to resolve issues, something that could be very important if they will be co-parenting.

Does mediation have to resolve everything to have benefits?

Now, divorcing spouses aren’t always able to reach agreements on all divorce issues in mediation. However, mediation doesn’t have to resolve all issues to be valuable.

For one, simply reducing the number of divorce issues that need to be addressed can have benefits. Also, mediation that leaves some issues unresolved can still have helped divorcing spouses learn strategies for working together. Also, the mediation process can leave both spouses better prepared to handle future proceedings regarding the unresolved issues.

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