Life-changing events often occur when we least expect them. When it comes to a marriage ending, complex legal issues often clash with emotionally-charge matters.
Divorce is a complicated process. While some cases are resolved in the courtroom, many soon-to-be ex-spouses take the path of mediation. All relevant procedures require collaboration while providing control over the outcome.
The role of a mediator
A mediator facilitates the process, serving in a neutral capacity. Their objective is to ensure spouses are on point regarding the resolution and staying focused on the goal of securing a fair outcome instead of rehashing history.
Various divorce-related issues are discussed and include:
- Property division
- Child custody
- Child support
- Spousal support/alimony
The benefits of mediation are seemingly endless. The process is quicker and less expensive than going to court. It can make difficult issues easier and minimize the stress that soon-to-be exes are already enduring. Mediation also provides more creativity instead of being locked into traditional arrangements regarding custody/visitation and property division.
Additionally, couples may be able to finalize their dissolution without appearing in court. The span of time is also truncated with traditional divorce processes lasting a year or longer. Mediation finishes on a couple’s schedule.
Attorneys do not exclusively handle divorce proceedings. Many lawyers can provide legal counsel and read through the entire agreement prior to filing. While not involved in negotiations and do not appear in court, they can still play a pivotal role in protecting their client’s best interests.
Should mediation fail and attorneys are retained, the opportunity still exists to save time and finances. The initial work done can speed up a case and potentially significantly save attorney fees.