Many divorces end up contested, because one or both parties can’t come to an agreement about all the major issues in the divorce. This can be damaging to both sides, because they give up control over these decisions and hand it to a judge who may or may not render a decision that is favorable to their interests.
Enter mediation, a process that allows divorcing couples the opportunity to resolve all the major issues before appearing in front of a judge.
Mediation can also speed up a divorce, because if a couple can hash out an agreement, they won’t have to wait for the court docket to clear to appear in front of a judge.
Let’s take a look at the process of mediation, and some other benefits it offers.
What Is the Process of Mediation In a Divorce?
Mediation is different in every divorce, but there are some common things that happen in this process, including:
First Session – Couple meets with mediator to identify the contested issues that they must resolve. At that session, the mediator will tell each person what information is needed for the next session. This information often includes financial documents, property appraisals, and insurance information.
Next Sessions – The mediator will ask each person what they most want to achieve in the mediation, and then will find common ground to begin helping each person compromise on the most contentious issues. Mediation works most effectively when the mediator understands what each person wants, and then finds ways to help achieve that goal through compromise.
The Advantages of Mediation
In addition to saving you time on your divorce, some of the advantages of a successful mediation include:
You Retain Control – Mediation lets you retain control over your divorce and all the major issues that you have to resolve. It also provides you with the opportunity to create an agreement that is flexible for both parties.
You Retain Confidentiality – Everything you discuss during mediation is kept confidential, which means that the details of your divorce also remain confidential, not accessible through public records.
You Keep Things More Personal – A mediator’s job is to fully understand the needs of each party in the divorce. This often creates a more personal connection between you and the mediator, which can help spur compromise during intense negotiations. You will not have that level of personal interaction if a judge hears your divorce.
You Can Rely On An Experienced Lawyer – Just because you choose mediation, doesn’t mean that you can’t have an experienced lawyer beside you, helping you understand all your options.
The Importance of An Experienced Lawyer
Choosing mediation doesn’t guarantee that you and your divorcing spouse will be able to work things out. But mediation gives you the opportunity to discuss all the contentious issues of your divorce so that you can try to find a compromise. The key with divorce mediation isn’t to get everything you want, but to make sure that your legal rights are protected. That’s why it’s important for you to hire an experienced law firm such as the team at Joubert Law Firm. We have the expertise and the resources to provide you with counsel and recommendations during the mediation process. Please call us today at 225-761-3822 to schedule a free consultation.