The next several blog posts will take a closer look at divorce mediation, an alternative to traditional divorce that is steadily growing in popularity thanks to its economical and relatively non-combative nature. Specifically, these posts will provide some basic insight about the divorce mediation process, including its purpose and its participants.
In the divorce mediation process, the two former spouses (each of whom may be represented by an attorney) meet with a neutral third party mediator to resolve important divorce-related issues such as property division, alimony, child custody and child support. Since the mediator is neutral, he or she never favors one spouse over another. Rather, the mediator’s sole responsibility is to facilitate an active dialogue between the two spouses and ultimately guide them toward mutually acceptable solutions. In addition, the mediator can never offer any legal advice to either party regarding any issue.
The benefits of divorce mediation are numerous. First, it can save a separating couple from prolonged and costly legal proceedings that can only serve to create additional stress and enmity. Second, it can enable couples to resolve issues on their own terms, as opposed to having their issues resolved by a judge who is not familiar with their unique circumstances . Third, it can create lasting solutions since all solutions are the direct product of mutual compromise. Lastly, it can foster amicable, not acrimonious, relationships among former spouses moving forward.
The next post will examine the logistics of the divorce mediation process, including information about the process itself and the selection of a family law and divorce mediator.