What is Divorce Mediation?

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Divorce can be a stressful and expensive time period for the individuals directly involved in the process. Much of this stress can result from an inability to agree upon the terms of their divorce such as distribution of property, child custody and parenting time, child support, taxes and retirement. In these circumstances divorce mediation can be beneficial to both parties. Mediation allows spouses to come to an agreement together and in a more flexible and confidential manner out-of-court, through the assistance of a Divorce Mediator.

A Neutral Third Party – The Divorce Mediator

A Divorce Mediator will act as a neutral third party, having no allegiance to either party. The primary responsibility of the mediator is to help the couple throughout the divorce process by keeping them on an even playing field. They do so by facilitating communication to resolve the issues in the divorce. Most often mediation sessions are attended by the spouses and the mediator without representation from their lawyers however this is not always the case and will need to be discussed with the mediator prior to the sessions.

Advantages to Mediation

Mediation is not always the best option for those in pursuit of a divorce, like in circumstances where there was domestic abuse but, in many cases it is a great option for those seeking to keep their divorce confidential and within their own control. Mediation is also an option that usually results in less expenses incurred by the spouses.

  • Communication channels are kept open and can help divorced couples to continue to communicate well after the divorce is finalized.
  • When mediation results in a divorce that has been agreed upon by both parties, there is less likelihood of spite amidst divorced couples who went through said mediation.
  • Mediation is flexible, you create the timeline and control the process.
  • The mediator does not “work” for either party, they facilitate the communication necessary in the resolution of divorce issues.
  • There is still the option for a lawyer to give your legal advice.
  • Sessions are confidential.
If you have questions about divorce mediation, call the Harding Law Firm today and Charles Harding can discuss your particular circumstances, please call 518.384.3400
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