Some couples considering divorce realize the benefit of avoiding heated legal disputes and
wish to settle their disputes amicably. If that is your goal, mediation is for you.
| Mediation is the process by which a married couple works with the aid of a neutral third party
mediator to arrive at a mutually satisfactory solution to their divorce. Terms of settlement can
be creative, flexible solutions to fit the unique situations of the individuals involved. If there are
children from the marriage, then a child custody battle can be avoided, and a joint parenting
plan can be implemented through the mediator.
| Lengthy dissolutions put a strain on individual’s finances as well as their emotions. Mediation
strives to avoid such costs by encouraging the parties to work towards a solution so that
everyone benefits from the settlement agreement. The final toll on the couple is decreased,
because rather than pointing fingers, the parties look for workable solutions; instead of driving
up attorney’s fees in court, the parties communicate to come to an agreement. A public display
is avoided. Generally, mediation is a fairly quick process whereby the parties know that they are
entitled to information regarding their rights and can consult with a separate attorney.
| Mediation is not for everyone. If one party refuses to settle or is unreasonable, then mediation
does not work. The mediator cannot force either side to settle. Mediation is good for parties that
can work together to find a solution. A mediated order is just as enforceable as one obtained
through a trial, but is less costly.