These days many people are choosing mediation instead of a traditional divorce, not only because it’s faster and cheaper, but also because it tends to be less stressful on the kids. Since mediation is conducted in private and encourages teamwork and cooperation among spouses, kids are not exposed to the same contentious court battles that can occur in traditional divorce.
Although mediators are trained professionals, they are not intended to be used in every situation. In certain cases, it’s in the best interests of both parties to hire a lawyer and pursue a traditional divorce.
One style of mediation that is not used as frequently is called co-meditation. Co-mediation is almost the same as mediation, except that it makes use of two mediators instead of one. This can be especially helpful in complicated divorces, like when spouses share a business or commercial property that needs to be divided.
If you choose mediation instead of a traditional divorce, a good mediator can help you work out an arrangement that works for both spouses. However, it’s important you cooperate with the mediator and your spouse in order to achieve the best possible outcome.
For mediation to be successful, both parties must be willing to work together diligently and honestly to reach important decisions about the divorce. When spouses have trouble communicating (something that is common among divorcing couples), the mediation process can be jeopardized.
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