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Deciding if mediation is the right choice

On Behalf of | May 25, 2021 | Firm News

If your marriage is ending, you may feel confused about how to proceed. Deciding which path to take is not always easy.

Choosing mediation allows you to work with a mediator to develop a divorce agreement. The mediator works to facilitate communication between both parties to resolve issues privately and quickly.

Evaluate the relationship

Divorce cases presented in television shows and movies often portray divorce proceedings as drawn-out and difficult. However, many couples can resolve issues through mediation instead of lengthy court battles.

Although you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are getting a divorce, that does not necessarily mean that you cannot work together to resolve your issues. If the two of you can come to an agreement with the help of a mediator, you can save time and money.

Consider the issues

The mediator assists in the creation of a viable divorce agreement. However, it is up to the two of you to present the details and find a solution. Expect to discuss things regarding:

  • Property division
  • Child custody
  • Alimony
  • Debt division

If you are on good terms and important issues regarding finances and child custody are amicably settled, then mediation may be the right choice.

Create a plan

While going through a divorce can be stressful, there are ways to eliminate some of the tension. Think about the best outcome and write down the steps necessary to meet your goals.

Create a list of discussion points for the mediation process. That can help you stay organized and remind you to bring up overlooked issues.

Depending on your circumstances, you may need to attend multiple sessions before reaching an agreement. However, the lower cost and faster resolution can make the effort worthwhile.