Divorce is an unfortunate reality in today’s world, but it doesn’t have to ruin your life. Far too often, people spend too much money, time, and strife getting divorced. Mediation offers a more peaceful, less expensive, and faster solution. In mediation, the two people who know their own personal situation the best can sit down and plan out their future without the adversarial process and expense of a litigated divorce.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation provides a couple with the opportunity to work together amicably to reach a settlement that is mutually beneficial to both people. It has every benefit of a divorce settlement and virtually no downside. The mediator knows the law and will help guide both people into an agreement that will be approved by the court without additional time and expense.
In mediation, a neutral third party helps resolve the disputed issues between a couple entering into a divorce. The mediator doesn’t decide how the issues will be settled. Instead, he or she enables the couple to work them out together to create a voluntary agreement tailor-made to their own particular situation.
What Issues can be Mediated?
Mediation can handle all issues involved in a divorce:
- Division of marital assets and property (houses, bank accounts, investments, pensions, personal property, etc.)
- Exclusive occupancy of marital residence for one party
- Custody of children
- Spousal and child support
Benefits of Mediation
Mediation insures that both parties identify all of the important issues at stake and resolve them with a logical and appropriate outcome for both parties and their children. It eliminates the need for court intervention, and won’t deplete your assets in payment of enormous legal fees resulting from litigation.
The result is a better divorce that will be completed much quicker and at a substantially lower cost than litigation. Mediation also makes it more likely that you will be able to maintain a civil, friendly relationship in the future. This is especially important when children are involved.
Ultimately, you have a better understanding of your individual circumstances than a judge does. You and your spouse are in a better position to determine what is in your own best interests than the court. Mediation provides you with the opportunity to take control of your divorce so that the best interests of you, your spouse, and your children are all considered and represented in the final agreement.
Jacoby & Meyers Can Help
At Jacoby & Meyers, our mediators are all highly trained and certified, and we have completed all state-mandated requirements. Our goal is to return the power in a divorce proceeding to the people who should rightfully wield it – the couple. Our mediators will help you avoid long, bitter litigation that can tear your family apart and leave both parties with a less-than-ideal settlement.