Many people going through the difficulty of ending a relationship feel anxious about taking the legal steps to formalize their separation. While knowing that the relationship has come to an end, the complexity of separating and dividing assets and debts can be overwhelming. Matters become more challenging when children are involved.
Couples know that, even when divorcing, family bonds are important to maintain. When family matters, divorce mediation is the right path.
Mediation is when a neutral, trained facilitator assists divorcing couples to divide their assets and liabilities, prepare a plan on how they will share time and financial support of their children, and resolve all matters, including issues related to the sale of the marital home and alimony.
Some of the benefits of mediation are:
- Saves Time and Money: Mediation saves the couple thousands of dollars of attorney’s fees as opposed to family cases controlled by the court where evidence and discovery rules govern the case. The court process can take over a year or two in cases where there are assets and debts to be divided and minor children involved.
- Reduces Trauma: Mediating early reduces the emotional trauma associated with divorce or family disputes. Litigation destroys families and children. Children are exposed to adult matters and are often caught in the middle with feelings of guilt, anger and loneliness as their parents are focused on litigating every aspect of their lives.
- Flexibility: Mediation is a flexible process where a mediator keeps the parties focused on the important matters that need resolving in a balanced and fair environment. Creative agreements that are uniquely tailored to the family are possible only in mediation.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is a confidential process where agreements, offers and incidents cannot be discussed or revealed to those outside the mediation.
- Control: Mediation is a process that continues so long as the parties wish to attempt to resolve their differences. If mediation fails, the parties can request the court to decide their dispute.