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Is mediation the right approach for your divorce?

On Behalf of | Feb 19, 2024 | Divorce

When you make the decision to move forward with ending your marriage, it can feel overwhelming and devastating. This is an emotional decision, even if you know that it is the right one for you and your family. It is natural to want to reduce the stress and complication you know divorce can cause, which is why you may want to pursue solutions outside of the courtroom. There are different options available to you that will allow you to accomplish this goal.

One of your options is to choose an alternative dispute resolution method as a way to resolve your divorce disputes and outstanding matters. Mediation is a type of ADR, and it is a popular choice for couples that still have issues they need to work through but would like to settle out of court. You may benefit from learning more about mediation and how it could work for your situation.

The process of mediation

This process involves employing a neutral third-party mediator that will help you and your spouse discuss issues you need to resolve to finalize your final divorce order. The role of the mediator will be to encourage conversation, ask questions and help the two of you reach satisfactory conclusions to outstanding concerns. Some of the benefits of mediation include:

  • You will not have to go to court, and the details of your divorce proceedings and agreement can remain private.
  • You will have more control over the terms of your final order, and you will be able to include terms that are important for your unique family situation.
  • Because you are avoiding litigation, the divorce process will take less time, and it will cost you less than a traditional divorce.

Any mediated agreement is still subject to the approval of the family court. It is important that you reach terms that are fair and sustainable for both parties.

Is it right for you?

Mediation is beneficial for some Florida couples, but it will not work in every situation. Before you make any decisions that could impact your family long-term, you may find it helpful to seek a professional opinion regarding the benefits of mediation and how you can pursue terms that are meaningful for your family. An assessment of your situation can help you understand if mediation is right for you.