Nobody wants to get divorced, even if it is ultimately in the best interests of everyone involved. There is no single type of person who is likely to get divorced, though attending college can lower your risk of divorce by 13%. Perhaps the biggest issue during divorce is not the split itself, but the arguments and acrimoniousness that can occur during the divorce process. Even couples that want to divorce amicably often find themselves arguing, and the divorce process can become quite vicious over time. The best way to avoid this is to go through the divorce mediation process. But how does it work?
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Before we jump into the divorce mediation process, let’s look into exactly what divorce mediation is. Essentially, divorce mediation relies upon the use of a neutral third party in the divorce process. This neutral third party is a professional mediator who is trained in conflict resolution. The mediator’s job is to work with you and your ex in resolving disputes through the divorce. This way, you can make decisions regarding your divorce without the tension and problems that often come with separating from your partner.
The divorce mediation process is fairly straightforward. Usually, the mediator will begin with a basic orientation session, during which they will evaluate the spouses and determine what needs to be settled during the mediation process. They will discuss what the couple needs to focus on and how they should speak to each other in order to avoid conflict.
Following the initial session, mediation will usually include anywhere from three to eight more sessions, depending on the length of the divorce proceedings among other things. During this time, the mediator will act as a guide, gently pushing the spouses to figure out exactly how they want to end their marriage, and what they would like to do with everything from their assets to the custody of any children they may share.
Keep the Process Amicable
Children are a big reason why couples choose mediation. While divorce may end a marriage, these ex-partners will always share children. Mediation can ensure that they do so amicably and work towards what is best for their children. But even when a marriage doesn’t include children, mediation can be extremely helpful. Divorce doesn’t have to be acrimonious, and mediation can ensure that it isn’t.
If you’re interested in learning more about the divorce mediation process, contact C.E.L. & Associates Inc. We’re more than happy to give you more information about mediation and how it can keep the divorce process more amicable for everyone in your family.