How does divorce mediation work?

On Behalf of | Jan 5, 2023 | Family Law |

When couples go into a divorce, they likely want to save as much time, money and hardships as possible.

One of the best ways to do this is by skipping litigation and opting for an alternative method to divorce instead.

The benefits of mediation

Forbes discusses the main alternatives to divorce litigation, including mediation. Mediation enjoyed a recent burst of popularity due in part to the amount of time and money it saves compared to litigation, i.e. a couple taking their divorce matters to court.

First, mediation provides a greater amount of flexibility. With this, a couple can decide how they want things on their own terms, rather than leaving everything up to a judge.

What mediators do

Mediators help achieve this goal. They work with both members of the couple to reach agreeable conclusions on all divorce questions, ensuring that cooperation and compromise maintain a central role.

Mediators also offer unique third-party perspectives and opinions from a neutral standpoint. This helps keep discussions moving and introduces new ideas that the couple may not have thought of on their own.

On top of that, mediators have some training in de-escalation techniques. Though their primary duty is not to act as a couple’s counselor, they can and often do step in to ensure that arguments do not spiral out of control.

They also ensure both parties have the time and space to say their piece, so that no one party dominates the speaking space.

In general, this creates an environment where couples can work together well while heading toward divorce.

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