Divorce Mediation – A Quick Solution For Those Hoping For a Lasting Divorce Settlement
Divorce mediation is an alternative non-adversarial method of settlement used widely and successfully by many married couples wishing to divorce, as well as by domestic partnerships who wish to separate peacefully. When you take advantage of a divorce mediation, it helps to protect your legal rights while helping to keep the costs of separation down. In some cases the cost of separation can be so high that divorce is not an option. It is therefore vitally important that you make use of this opportunity if you think you might lose your home or have to share with your former spouse.
The primary reason for using divorce mediation is that it offers an affordable way to settle your divorce without having to pay court fees or incur exorbitant legal fees. The mediation itself is cost-free, since neither party has to pay for the service. Another advantage is that mediation gives both parties a chance to get to know each other better before they make any decisions about the divorce. Mediation can also help you settle disputes better than if you tried to resolve them in court, because the process enables you to communicate clearly with your spouse. This enables you to avoid making mistakes when trying to present your case in court.
To start divorce mediation, you will need to find a divorce mediator who is willing to work ‘towards’ your best interests. If you are reasonably happy with your spouse then the process can work quite well, but if things go wrong then things can turn very ugly very quickly. In order to prevent this from happening it is vital that both of you are committed to working in partnership towards the outcome you both want. One of the ways you can work towards this is to agree on a fixed amount for the settlement. This can be a low figure, but it should be enough to ensure that the issues between you are fairly evenly balanced. When you both reach an agreement on the fixed amount of money then the divorce mediation will become more effective.
During a divorce mediation the parties are usually asked to agree on a settlement amount. Some negotiations may end in a compromise, rather than a settlement, but at this point the negotiations tend to become quite heated. It is important for the spouses to remain calm and avoid getting into any kind of physical altercation. The goal of the mediation is not to get to a settlement at any cost. You both have to be genuine and give each other the opportunity to reach an understanding, which will likely result in a satisfactory resolution.
Another method of divorce mediation used in the UK is called ‘custodial mediation’. A family mediator or ‘custodial mediator’ is someone who has been specially trained in family law and can take part in the discussions with both parties. However, there is often a neutral third party involved who also has specialist knowledge in family law. A neutral third party also enables both parties to remain anonymous.
There are many advantages associated with divorce mediation. For example, the process is much quicker than going through the traditional court system where there may be several meetings and the process can become lengthy. Mediation is cheaper and much less time consuming. A mediated divorce settlement will also help avoid any nasty surprises such as financial hardship and alimony claims when the inevitable happens.
In divorce mediation between the two parties are asked to make initial contact and then sit down with the mediator to negotiate about the terms of the settlement. Once the terms of the divorce settlement have been agreed upon the mediator then makes a list of all the requirements which the spouse needs in order to provide full support. These include access to home and finances. Usually the spouse will be asked to pay a sum of money towards spousal support for the partner who is receiving the maintenance. They may also be asked to contribute towards children’s school fees and/or college expenses.
The final outcome of the divorce mediation will depend on how closely both parties cooperate. If both parties are agreeable to the settlement, the spouses will agree to submit divorce papers to the court so that they can put their differences to an end. However, if there is still a disagreement and one party seeks a trial then the process will start all over again. The divorce mediation process gives divorcing couples the opportunity to get their marriage back on track and stop any nasty surprises.