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.
Divorce mediation is an alternative form of divorce that uses a third-party mediator to work out various aspects of the divorce, such as the division of property and parenting plans. Because mediators are professionals whose job is to help people reach agreements through cooperation and compromise, the mediation process tends to be less contentious than traditional divorce.
Like all forms of divorce, mediation comes with its own set of rules and guidelines. At the beginning of the process, you can expect your mediator to explain how mediation works and review a set of ground rules you and your spouse will be expected to follow.
It almost goes without saying, if you and your spouse have recently decided to get a divorce, you’re probably not on the best terms. But just because you’re arguing a lot or are having difficulty communicating doesn’t mean mediation isn’t an option for your divorce.
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