On behalf of Cobert, Haber & Haber Attorneys at Law posted in Divorce Mediation on Friday, May 12, 2017.
New York couples considering divorce know that they are in for a process that is long, stressful and potentially contentious. The end of a marriage is difficult for every member of the family, but there are ways that a couple can minimize the complication during this time of transition.
Mediation is a tool often employed by couples who want to keep their divorce out of court and minimize unnecessary fighting over important issues. By opting for a mediated divorce, issues are resolved in a respectful and careful manner instead of an expensive court battle.
What is mediation anyway?
Mediation is a process that employs the services of a neutral third party who helps couples resolve divorce-related disputes. The mediator facilitates important discussions and problem solving between the two opposing parties for issues that can include the following:
- Child custody
- Visitation schedules
- Spousal support
- Child support
- Property division
- Other special issues
A mediator addresses these issues in a way that is respectful and understanding, and the process allows the couple to come to a final divorce order that is workable and sustainable long into the future.
The ultimate goal of mediation
Ultimately, the goal of mediation is a divorce order that both parties agree on, thus avoiding the need for litigation. With this type of divorce, a couple must both agree to share necessary information and work together in discussions in order to reach final agreements. A secondary goal of mediation is to save both the time and money often associated with a litigated divorce.
When a couple chooses to avoid litigation and work together peacefully, it can benefit everyone. When two parties have more control over the terms of their divorce order, a mediator can uniquely tailor it to the needs of the individual family, thus avoiding potential conflicts and problems in the future.
Is this the right choice for me?
Mediation is not the best option for every couple. However, if you think it could be a viable option for you and your family, you would be wise to seek the opinion of an experienced family law attorney who can help you make the decision that is best suited for your individual situation.
If you and your spouse are willing to communicate and are open to resolving disputes through the assistance of a neutral third party, mediation could be the right choice for you. This option can allow you to save time, money and lay the foundation for a strong post-divorce future.