Ending your marriage? Consider divorce mediation.
Why try mediation for a divorce without children? In other words, is it necessary to hire an attorney for all divorces?
Divorce mediation is a way (as opposed to litigation) to go through the issues of divorce including assets and liabilities accumulated during the marriage and how the two of you will meet your expenses after the marriage is over. The divorce mediation process enables the parties seeking the divorce to use a neutral third party while still being able to speak to outside attorneys if they choose.
By choosing divorce mediation as your process to divorce, you will be greatly reducing costs to the both of you and saving considerable time and stress.
Here are some considerations for you to think about:
1. A MEDIATED DIVORCE will allow Husband and Wife to speak directly to one another with the help of a neutral third party.
Many people going through a divorce have a difficult time communicating with their spouse. Using a third party neutral "Mediator" provides a level of comfort that puts the parties in a position where they can better advocate for themselves directly with their spouse. In the beginning stage of mediation, there should be a discussion identifying the goals and concerns of each party.
2. There will be discussions of financial decisions and their impact on the couple going forward.
The mediator him/herself or a suggested use of a financial neutral will help the couple examine their finances, see that they are educated about their current and possible future financial situation, “try on” various options and determine how they would like their lives to continue. Rather than focusing on how a court will divide assets, liabilities and cash flow, a good mediator/financial neutral will look for common interests and then help the parties craft a plan that will satisfy the interests of each party and also stay within the boundaries of what courts will think is fair.
3. This approach will strongly consider the emotional impact of the divorce on all concerned.
Unlike attorney representation, a mediator will examine how the couple's decisions about their divorce may emotionally impact them as individuals. Divorce, whether from a short or long term marriage, is difficult. It is one of the top stressors to deal with. A good mediator will discuss how to deal with the new directions the parties lives will take and how to move forward. Because divorce mediation is an open process, the parties may seek outside professional advice at any time.
4. The mediator will discuss all the issues that need to be addressed: Assets, Liabilities, Health Insurance, Cash Flow and more
A good mediator will help the parties discuss and understand the matters at issue and come to agreements on each with the goal being that the overall divorce agreement works for each party. The mediator may suggest referrals to appropriate professionals for further review and discussion as necessary.
5. Replaced court dates with discussions and meetings.
Any one who has been there would agree the Family and Probate Court is a good place to avoid. Why start down a path of litigating your divorce for a marriage without children issues. Using a mediation discussion approach is more civilized, efficient, cost effective and many time less stressful.
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