You probably never thought that your marriage would end in divorce. However, the truth of the matter is that 40 to 50 percent of couples will divorce, according to the American Psychological Association. Regardless of the reason for the divorce, it is an extremely difficult decision to make, and it is only the first of many decisions that must be made in the divorce process.
In fact, once you and your spouse have decided to part ways, you must decide how you will actually get your divorce. There are many ways you can move forward with the divorce. There is do-it-yourself divorce, internet divorce, divorce mediation, collaborative divorce and litigation. If you are looking for the cheapest options, then you will want to stick to the first three.
A DIY and internet divorce are pretty self-explanatory, so in this blog we will focus on divorce mediation. But how do you know if divorce mediation is right for you? What is divorce mediation, anyway? Read on to find out the answers to these questions and more.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party will assist you and your spouse with the settlement of your divorce in the attempt to keep you both out of court. It is generally informal and allows you both to speak openly and honestly as you work to reach an agreement on the issues at hand.
The mediator is not permitted to offer legal advice, but they can offer their opinions and suggestions without forcing an agreement. At times, individuals will choose to bring in a lawyer for consulting purposes, since legal advice cannot be provided by the mediator. It is your right to have a lawyer brought in, though it is not a requirement. You also have the right to bring in financial advisors, accountants, etc.
Does Mediation Actually Work?
For most couples, it does. In fact, research shows that mediation has proven to be very effective for couples divorcing, as 90 percent of the couple who have used this method have been able to settle their divorce outside of court.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
There are many benefits to the process of mediation. This particular process will usually save time, is less adversarial and is less expensive than a litigated divorce. As a general rule, it is focused more on finding common ground in order to create a mutual agreement that will work for both parties now and in the future.
Who Should Not Undergo Mediation?
While mediation works well for many people, it is not for everyone. If you have been abused by your spouse or you are afraid of your spouse for whatever reason, then you are not going to be able to have a voice for yourself in mediation. Therefore, the process would not be your best option.
Mediation may also not be the best option for you if you feel that you are not a good enough negotiator. In mediation, you must be willing to speak up for yourself and what you want for it to work.
If you believe that your children are at risk, then mediation is not a feasible option. Instead, you should contact a lawyer immediately to find out your next move.
Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Now that you are equipped with more information about mediation, is the process right for you? If you are still unsure, contact Cofield Law Firm for a legal consultation. Whether you ultimately decide on mediation or decide that you need a lawyer to represent you in court, the attorneys at Cofield Law Firm can help you navigate your way through the divorce process.