Mediation is a process that couples can go through to get a final decision for their divorce. During this process, they will need to decide on important issues. Although they will be joined by a mediator, the spouses are the ones who make decisions in mediation sessions. Through mediation, they can solve their issues without having to enter into litigation where a judge is in charge of making decisions. Since litigation can often become a drawn out, mediation can prove to be more beneficial. It is done at the pace that the couple sets, allowing them to work through their issues while taking their time to do so.
During the mediation process, spouses meet with a neutral third party that serves as a mediator. This mediator aids them during the process to ensure that they are working together to make decisions. The mediator does not make decisions for the couple though. Instead, the couple must work together to make compromises with one another. They should talk about their marital issues and how they can come up with a solution to satisfy both parties. While it may be hard to satisfy both parties for each issue, it is something that should be worked towards. If couples cannot decide on these issues themselves, they may have to enter court where a judge is in charge of making decisions. This can be slightly nerve-wracking since the spouses will not be in control of their own marital issues, but rather would be putting the power in the judge’s hands.
During mediation sessions, couples are in a more private setting. This can encourage them to open up with one another. They may be more honest about their marital issues, which can lead to making compromises in a quicker manner. Throughout mediation, couples can meet in multiple sessions with a mediator and their lawyers. They can take as long as they need for this process. This may make it a shorter process than litigation would be. Not only can this save the spouses time, but it can also help save them money. They may not have to pay as many legal or attorney fees. If children are a part of the family, parents can be able to set a good example for them by going through mediation and working together. This can show that they are committed to working together to make the children’s lives happy and healthy. Also, mediation may be able to preserve a healthy relationship between the spouses. This can be beneficial since they will have to continue to co-parent their children together. Their lives can be made easier if they maintain a level of respect for one another rather than fight and have a falling out.
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