Who makes decisions during mediation?

Mediation can be used to resolve marital issues between spouses. They will have to resolve these issues in order to get a divorce. These issues can include child custody, child support, alimony and more. Spouses may have to work together to make compromises regarding certain issues. This can prove to be difficult for some individuals, making the process nearly impossible. Since mediation requires the cooperation of both spouses, it is not an easy process. This process may not be for everyone. Other couples may have an easier time having a judge make decisions for them in litigation.

Mediation allows spouses to meet with a neutral third party that serves as a mediator. The mediator does not make any decisions for them. Instead, the mediator ensures that the process is productive and is not consisting of arguments about marital issues. Spouses should talk about their marital issues and how they can come up with a solution to satisfy both parties. While it may be hard to satisfy both parties for each issue, it is something that should be worked towards. If couples cannot decide on these issues themselves, they may have to enter court where a judge is in charge of making decisions. This can be slightly nerve-wracking since the spouses will not be in control of their own marital issues, but rather would be putting the power in the judge’s hands.

How can I benefit from mediation?

Mediation sessions allow couples to talk about their issues in a more private setting. Otherwise, they would have to do so in a courtroom giving them a less private setting. People can benefit from this because they may open up with one another more during mediation. If couples are able to solve their issues in mediation, it can help ease their tension. They may not argue as much and maintain respect for one another. This can help them co-parent if they have children together. These children can see their parents working together to maintain a normal lifestyle. This can keep a family free from drama. This can also make child custody arrangements easier to follow since the parents are able to work together more efficiently.

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