Is divorce mediation worth it?

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Divorce mediation is becoming a popular method of resolving the issues of Florida couples without a courtroom battle. Highly skilled mediators keep a couple's emotions at bay and help them create a settlement that allows each party to walk away feeling as though he or she was treated fairly.

The process deals with the following issues:

  • Property division
  • Retirement
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Taxes

Mediation also addresses any other issues a couple needs to resolve.

How does it work?

You, your spouse and, in many cases, your respective attorneys sit down with the mediator to begin negotiating your settlement. You and your spouse discuss the issues and work toward an agreement that you both agree is fair and equitable.

The mediator's job includes the following:

  • Intervening when disputes arise
  • Providing ideas for resolving disputes and issues
  • Keeping the lines of communication open
  • Helping the couple in their decision-making process
  • Keeping the couple focused on the issues at hand

Without a mediator, negotiations might degrade to the point where the couple ends up in court.

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

By choosing mediation, you and your spouse receive the following advantages:

  • Free exchange of information
  • Flexibility
  • Confidentiality
  • Control over the outcome
  • Communication
  • Compromise and cooperation

If you have children, the ability to communicate, compromise and cooperate during mediation builds a foundation for co-parenting after the divorce, which makes everyone's lives easier and more enjoyable.

In many cases, the court orders couples to attempt mediation before returning to the courtroom. Even many skeptics come out of divorce mediation with a fair and equitable settlement. However, each party should have his or her own attorney to provide advice and assistance throughout the process.

If the court ordered you and your spouse to attend mediation, give it the benefit of the doubt. All you have to gain is a divorce settlement tailored to your family's needs that is satisfactory to both you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

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