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The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

Parents pulling child in separate directionsIf your marriage has ended, but you have minor children, you will still have to work cooperatively with your ex-spouse until your kids become adults. Accordingly, it may not be in your best interests to make your divorce proceeding a battleground—you may want to make your ex-spouse suffer, but your children will be hurt in the process. Mediation can help you amicably resolve your disputes, so that you can move forward without acrimony and bitterness.

The Basics of Mediation

In mediation, both parties work with a third party neutral, known as a mediator. The mediator does not represent either party, and has no vested interest in the outcome. The mediator’s principal objective is to help the parties identify mutually beneficial solutions to such difficult issues as child custody and visitation, child support, alimony or spousal support, and the division of marital assets.

A mediator does not perform most of the functions of a judge. The mediator is not concerned about who is “right” and who is “wrong,” or about who has the most compelling evidence. The mediator simply works to bring the parties together, helping both sides understand the consequences of not working out their differences cooperatively. As a consequence, the mediator does not take testimony from witnesses, does not consider evidence, and does not issue any type of ruling as to whose arguments prevail and how the dispute should be resolved. A mediator may suggest a specific resolution to a party, but the suggestion is not binding.

The benefits of mediation are many:

  • The parties actually make the decisions, rather than waiting for a judge or jury to rule on facts and law
  • Mediation is typically less expensive than litigation
  • Mediation can usually be completed far more rapidly than litigation
  • Mediation is not a winner take all approach—in a successful mediation, both parties should feel they got what they needed

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