Divorce mediation continues to gain in popularity because it has many advantages over a traditional divorce in court.
Divorcing parents lean toward mediation as an option that is less stressful for everyone in the family.
How mediation works
Divorce mediation takes place in more informal surroundings outside of court. No judge will be present, leaving the parties to control the outcome of their own divorce. They meet with a trained mediator, a neutral third party, who will provide guidance and access to pertinent legal information. Mediation usually requires far less time and expense than litigation. Experience shows that mediation is less stressful for everyone involved, especially the children of the marriage. Children are quick to pick up on conflict and are adversely affected by a contentious courtroom battle. Mediation is a more civil, respectful process that benefits everyone.
Communication is of utmost importance during the mediation process. It is the way for the divorcing parties to work out their differences and cooperate in creating a workable settlement agreement. Once parents are more comfortable with communicating, they find it is an ability they can use in the post-divorce world as they build a new family structure.
A look ahead
Mediation keeps children from having to become involved in often contentious divorce litigation. The parents can address their children’s needs as well as their own co-parenting capabilities. The out-of-court process allows better preparation for building new family relationships once the divorce is over. Compromise and communication carry forward so that parents can better help their children to withstand the transition and adapt to the changes in their lives.