Benefits of Divorce Mediation: Making the Process Easier
By Henry F. Lewis on April 26, 2018
Divorces can be extremely difficult on both spouses. Disputes over the division of property, child custody, and other matters can lead to drawn out proceedings, which can take their toll. If a couple has children, the difficulties are heightened. This is why our Oakland, CA lawyers offer divorce mediation services, which can help lead to a quick and peaceful end to a marriage.
We’d like to consider some of the basics on how divorce mediation works, and then go over the benefits of working with a mediator. This will help you determine if divorce mediation may be best for your situation.
How Divorce Mediation Works
Divorce mediation refers to professional dispute resolution facilitated by an objective third party. The goal of a divorce mediator is to find mutually agreeable solutions to any disputes that arise during a divorce. The mediator will be sure to steer all discussions toward productive and constructive territory, helping the divorce proceed as efficiently as possible.
A Solution to Emotional Divorce Proceedings
The end of a marriage can be emotionally taxing, with many complicated and unresolved feelings affecting decisions. With divorce mediation, the emotions are kept under control, not allowing hard feelings or anger affect the discussions and negotiations between both parties. This means less stress and greater peach of mind during this difficult process.
Striving for Fairness in the Divorce
Fairness can be difficult to achieve in divorces given the varying dynamics in relationships. A divorce mediator helps ensure fairness by noting imbalances in the divorce proceedings. This can be helpful for situations in which one person attempts to dominate the proceedings and/or another person is not assertive enough about their needs and financial realities.
Focus on Your Children’s Best Interests
When children are involved in a divorce, the disputes over child custody and visitation can become extremely heated. A divorce mediator always focuses on the best interests of the child or children. Even though discussions can be difficult, it’s important to have that disinterested third party reminding parents that the needs of their child have to be considered.
Mediation Can Save Time for Both Parties
Thanks to the presence of a divorce mediator, couples can end their marriage much faster than they could on their own. This is because of the mediator’s focus on efficiency and fairness, reducing arguments and a lengthy back and forth between spouses.
Mediation Can Save Both Parties Money
Since the marriage can be ended sooner rather than later, both parties can save money on their divorce proceedings. This is an important consideration if a couple’s finances are such that a lengthy divorce proceeding would be cost prohibitive.
Keeping Matters Private and Confidential
During divorce mediation, the discussions and terms of the divorce can remain confidential. This level of privacy is important to maintain, especially given the pain and difficulties associated with many divorces. This focus on confidentiality can help keep matters both fair and impartial.
Learn More About Divorce Mediation
For more information about divorce mediation and whether or not it’s the right option for you, it’s important that you contact an experienced attorney at Gardner & Lewis, LLP. We will work with you to help ensure a dignified resolution to your situation that keeps the best interests of all parties in mind.
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“The needs of your family are always at the forefront of our legal services. Whether through litigation or mediation, we believe that reaching a fair, efficient solution with minimal negative impact to your family is of the utmost importance.” Henry F. Lewis