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Amicable divorces and mediation

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2017 | Mediation

Divorce is never an easy process. No matter how amicable the couple is or how well they work together, the process of dissolving a marriage is a difficult one. However, just because the process is difficult, does not mean that it is impossible to a couple to work together for the most beneficial goal available to them.

Relative to the amount of divorces we see on a regular basis, it is reasonable to think that the majority of them are contentious and are characterized by a couple engaged in a legal battle with each other. Even so, this does not have to be the case. There are many options that may work better for everyone involved, and mediation is one of them.

What are the advantages of an amicable divorce?

While every couple going through a divorce may be able to doing it as festively as some couples, an amicable divorce can have many advantages. Cooperating and working with your partner throughout the divorce process can result in,

· Lower levels of stress

· An easier transition for children

· A good example of conflict resolution and problem solving for children

· A better relationship with shared friends and family members

· Less expense for all parties

Although none of these things can be guaranteed, they are much more likely in an amicable divorce than in a contested divorce and mediation can absolutely work to facilitate an amicable process.

How does divorce mediation work?

Because each party in a divorce usually has expectations regarding how they want things to turn out or how they think things should go, it can be difficult for both parties to get past their expectations in order to effectively communicate. This is where a mediator comes in.

A mediator is a neutral third party who works with both parties to assist them in communicating their goals and perspectives so they can work toward a solution that is beneficial for everyone involved. In the best-case situations, a couple will both agree on a single mediator instead of trying to pick two.

If a case is mediated, it has to spend considerably less time in court and this means significantly smaller legal fees. It also allows both parties to communicate their thoughts and feelings regarding the situation. If you find yourself in a situation where you are considering dissolving a marriage, it is highly recommended that you consider mediation and that you obtain the services of an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional.

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