Divorce is a difficult process for any couple to face. When times get tough and issues cannot be resolved, marriages can fall apart. Although it can be hard to face the concept of divorce, it may be the best option for some couples. After years with your partner, you may not have ill feelings during a divorce. Rather, you may just feel sad about the whole dilemma. This may leave you on good terms with your spouse. If you and your spouse wish to undergo a civil divorce, mediation may be a good option.
What is mediation?
Mediation allows couples to go through a divorce in private. Both spouses, along with their attorneys, have the opportunity to meet with a neutral third party. During these meetings, the spouses will decide on important issues regarding the breakdown of their marriage. The mediator is there to make sure both parties are cooperating and the process is a smooth one. Your attorney is still encouraged to attend. With the help of a trusted attorney, you may be able to reach a resolution in a more efficient manner. An experienced attorney can guide the conversation along to avoid any emotional turmoil you may be experiencing.
During these meetings, a variety of topics will be covered. These topics can include child custody and child support. When spouses agree on a certain set of guidelines for each topic, they will sign a document that outlines their guidelines toward a resolution. However, a court still has to sign off on the resolution. Once both spouses sign, the agreement will be passed along to the court. If the court approves it, then a final judgment of divorce will be granted. This makes the divorce between the two individuals official.
What are the benefits of a mediated divorce?
Mediated divorces can have many benefits to them. Instead of having to go through litigation, spouses are able to decide on issues in a more private forum. A court is a public forum that may deter spouses from sharing their feelings. When discussing important issues in mediation sessions, it is vital that spouses are honest with one another to provide a conclusion that is satisfactory for both of them.
Since litigation can include many court proceedings, it can be time-consuming. Mediation may be shortened. It is not rushed though. The couple can take as long as they need to sort through the issues that need to be discussed in mediation. Due to the time-consuming nature of litigation, it can also include more fees for an attorney. This can make it more costly than mediation.
When children are involved in a divorce, it can become a difficult process. With the process of mediation, parents can set a good example for their children. Their children can see that their parents are working to resolve their problems together. Instead of dragging children through court proceedings, mediation may be a good alternative. Mediation can keep the drama out of litigation and may be easier on the children’s emotions as well as your own.
While mediation is not for everyone, it can prove to be an effective way to get a divorce. During mediation, the cooperation of both parties is needed to have a successful outcome. If you are seeking a divorce, consult our professionals for advice. We can advise you on your options and if mediation would be a good one to consider.
If you require compassionate and knowledgeable legal guidance for a matter of divorce, family or estate law, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Cynthia L. Hanley today. Our firm proudly serves clients in Mansfield, Massachusetts and throughout Bristol County.