Mediation can be a viable option for couples pursuing divorce. This process has many benefits- perhaps most importantly, that it allows a couple to reach a settlement that is best for their family.
Chances are that divorced couples who have better arranged child custody, child and spousal support and asset division did so through the avenue of mediation. In one study by a therapist and author of “The Truth About Children and Divorce," twelve years after an average of only five hours of mediation:
In one divorce blog, a woman said she sat on the floor chatting with four, single divorced moms. She relayed that three of the mothers said their ex-husbands “have yet to visit on a regular basis, pay child support reliably or participate in a meaningful way of parenting"- but the fourth woman shared that “her situation wasn’t that bad." Her and her spouse had come up with a system of picking up their girls from school and have worked through child-rearing decisions, thanks to mediation.
Mediation isn’t only helpful for “couples who get along"- if you and your spouse find it hard to come to an agreement on issues and find your tempers quickly flare up around each other, mediation could be the best avenue for you to explore as well. Benefits of mediation include:
A mediator can help you reach an otherwise difficult compromise- but before pursuing mediation, we suggest that you still secure a legal advocate on your side. Hiring a lawyer will allow you to continually express your interests and he/she can advise you before you make any binding agreements.
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