With your marriage in trouble, you may be ready to make the difficult decision to divorce. The last thing you may want is for personal matters to spill into the public eye, especially if those details could impact your family, business or career.
Privacy is only one benefit of a mediated divorce. A skilled mediator can help you and your spouse to make difficult decisions in a way that is respectful of everyone’s interests. The process of mediation may result in less stress for you and a more positive outcome for your family. You will have many complex decisions to make during this time. The mediation process can be conducive to reaching those decisions with civility and cooperation.
Consider possible advantages
In a mediated divorce, you and your spouse will be determining how to share parenting responsibilities if you have children, how to distribute your assets and liabilities, and how to manage family expenses. Mediation offers the following benefits:
- You and your spouse discuss and negotiate matters with the guidance of a neutral mediator.
- You will weigh your options with the goal of reaching an acceptable and workable resolution that works for both you and your spouse.
- Mediation allows you to avoid the contentious atmosphere of a courtroom.
- You will have control over the private information about your divorce. The process of mediation is confidential and not a matter of court records.
Mediation may also help to minimize your attorney fees. While each of you may decide to have the guidance of your own attorney, in most cases, the bulk of the negotiating is done in meetings with only the two spouses and the mediator.
For many couples, the mediation process can bring resolution much more quickly than would litigation. In addition, meetings are scheduled at your convenience, not according to the court docket. This is one of the reasons many busy professionals decide that the mediation process is the best choice for them.
If you are contemplating divorce, it is important to weigh all of your options and decide what is the most effective process for your family. You may be feeling stressed by your current circumstances. The divorce process you choose may add to or help to alleviate that stress.