As you and your spouse prepare to formally end your marriage, you may wonder how you should go about dividing your assets, establishing child custody arrangements, and discussing alimony. If you and your spouse cannot resolve these issues independently, but would like to avoid bringing your case to court, divorce mediation may be beneficial for many reasons.
• More control—During the divorce mediation process, you and your spouse determine which topics to discuss and settle. Additionally, instead of the court, you and your spouse have the final say on how issues will be settled.
• Faster resolution—When you mediate your divorce, you set your own timeframe for discussing and resolving issues. This means that if you want to take your time resolving your divorce or come to an agreement as quickly as possible, doing so is completely within your power instead of the court’s.
• Greater confidentiality—Any documents, work notes, communications, or photographs used during the divorce mediation process are confidential. Additionally, any meetings held as you go throughout the mediation process are held in your mediator’s office.
• Less adversarial—During divorce mediation, a neutral mediator works with you and your spouse to help you come to mutually agreeable decisions. This allows the process to be focused on coming up with the best solution for both parties, a strategy which often reduces side arguments and limits the amount of contention between divorcing spouses.