When a couple decides that they would like to get divorced, mediation may be a good idea. This is because mediation allows couples to negotiate the outcomes of their divorce without going to court. This can save them both time and money, however, this is not the only benefit. In this blog post, Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp will discuss what mediation is and why it may be beneficial for couples getting divorced.
As previously mentioned, mediation is a process where an impartial third party meets with disputing parties to help them come to an agreement. In mediation, the mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the parties. Instead, they facilitate discussion and help the couple brainstorm solutions that may work for both of them. After negotiations, the couple will ultimately sign an agreement that will be reviewed and approved by the courts.
Some people may worry that mediation will not be effective because it requires both parties to be willing to compromise. However, mediation can still be successful even if both parties do not agree on everything. The goal of mediation is to help the couple come to an agreement that works for both of them, even if it is not perfect.
Why Mediation is a Great Option
There are many reasons why mediation may be a good option for a couple:
Saving Both Time and Money
As previously mentioned, mediation is typically cheaper and faster than going to court. This is because mediation occurs outside of the courtroom. What couples may not realize is that court fees can add up over time. Furthermore, attending court is a time-consuming process.
Allowing Control Over Outcomes
In addition, mediation allows couples to have more control over the outcome of their divorce. This is because mediation is a more private process and the couple gets to decide what works for them. In contrast, when couples go to court, they have less control over the outcome of their divorce as the judge will make the final decision.
More Creative Solutions
Mediation also allows for more creative solutions. This is because the couple gets to decide what works for them, and they are not bound by the rules of the court. For example, mediation may allow couples to come up with a parenting plan that works better for their family.
A Better Relationship Moving Forward
Mediation can also help improve communication between spouses, which can be beneficial if they have children together. Studies have shown that mediation helps reduce conflict between divorcing parents and improves communication between them. This is because mediation encourages compromise and understanding.
Easier on Children
In addition, mediation may be easier on children. This is because mediation can help reduce conflict between parents, which can make the divorce process less stressful for children. Furthermore, it is more likely that the parenting and visitation plans will be more tailored to their unique needs. It is also important to note that mediation is a requirement in New Jersey when attempting to reach custody or financial agreements.
The Bottom Line on Mediating a Divorce
As explained, mediation is an extremely beneficial option for couples who are navigating a divorce. However, it is important to note that it is not always the best or most viable choice. There are many instances in which mediation is not effective or advisable. For example, if spouses have been in a high-conflict marriage and cannot get along, mediation may not work. Another situation in which mediation is not advisable is when abuse is present in the relationship.
How to Know if Mediation is Right
The best way to know that mediation is suitable for a divorce is to work alongside an experienced attorney. They will be able to review the case and determine if negotiation is an option. If you need assistance with this process, Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp is here to help.
Contact us today for more information on mediation at(973) 604-2224.