There are many options in how parties may choose to settle a divorce. The most common are mediation and litigation. Parties may choose to mediate when the relationship is amicable enough that they are able to work together to come to an agreement.
The mediation process begins with a couple seeking a divorce. The two hire a mediator to help them establish a settlement agreement that divides and establishes support as agreed between the parties. The mediator does not favor or prefer one party to the other, but instead works neutrally with both parties.
There are many things to consider when determining whether mediation is the best approach for you are your partner. Specifically, do you each believe you have the ability to work together to reach an amicable agreement? If so, mediation may be the best fit for your situation. Here are some additional things to consider:
- The Cost. Mediation can be a lot less expensive than litigation because the parties come to an agreement that is then submitted to the judge.
- Privacy. Mediation is confidential. If mediation does not produce an agreement, the mediation proceedings cannot be utilized in court against one or the other party.
- Your Relationship. Mediation is not right for parties who have a history of domestic abuse or an imbalance of power. Mediation works best when parties are able to come together to make an agreement that is the best-case scenario in light of the situation.
Though the decision on which avenue to pursue is ultimately up to you, our office is here to help with any questions you may have. Please contact us today. Breaking up is hard to do, let us help make it easier.
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Adult Child Support
Assisted Reproduction Technology Litigation
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Mediations
Child Support Arrearage
Divorce with Children with Special Needs
Domestic Partnership Dissolution
Enforcement (or Set-Aside) of Pre-Marital and Post-Marital Agreements
Establishing Paternity or Maternity
Family Law Coaching
Gender and Name Changes
High Asset Divorce
Independent Legal Advice
Judgment Set Aside
Non-Marital Relationship Dissolution