Going through a divorce can be extremely stressful for you, your soon to be ex-spouse, and even your children. When a married couple decides on getting a divorce, it can cause many questions to arise. Separating belongings, finances, and custody are all just part of the many things that could be up in the air when a couple decides to get a divorce. In these cases, when there are a number of uncertainties for the couple, divorce mediation is a great way to resolve these problems amicably and reasonably.
Divorce mediation is a process where a specially trained, neutral third party will meet with the divorcing couple and if need be, their children, to discuss common divorce related issues. These mediation sessions are typically less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial, and will give the divorcing couple much more control over the outcome of the divorce. For couples who experience communication difficulties, divorce mediation can be especially helpful due to the presence of a third party to help foster effective communication. Divorce mediation typically proceeds faster than a divorce trial, and the outcome is determined by the couple, not a judge, so you and your spouse will have final say over divorce matters. The length of time that the couple is in mediation, and number of sessions can vary, depending on how much communication there is between the divorcing parties, and how many things have been agreed upon prior to starting mediation. Typically, mediation can take anywhere from 4 to 10 sessions to be completed.
If you and your spouse have children, it is very important to choose a divorce mediator who has been specially trained to handle family separations, and the many things that come along with a divorce. These things can include custody and visitation rights, child support, alimony, and division of property. The mediator you choose should be trained in conflict resolution and should be well-versed in your state’s divorce laws. Although the mediator you choose can’t make decisions for you or your spouse, they can help each party to communicate, and to stay on track during sessions. This helps to avoid additional conflicts and drama that can be common during divorce proceedings.
Divorce mediation is a great option for divorcing couples who can effectively meet multiple times to discuss and resolve issues. Mediation is not a good option for couples with a history of domestic violence, or who can not agree on custody terms for children. However, if you and your spouse can agree to a divorce, are on the same page regarding finances, and can come to an agreement on custody of children, divorce mediation is a much quicker, cheaper, and less stressful option than lingering in court through a divorce trial. If you are looking for Santa Clara Divorce Mediation, Santa Clara Law Group can help with a free 30 minute confidential phone conversation to discuss your case.