Divorce can be contentious, but it does not have to be. By the time many couples decide to go through divorce, they are ready to move through the process as quickly as possible. When couples are ready to move forward, mediation is a great way to do so.
If you are considering an amicable divorce, you may benefit from mediation rather than going through the courts. Mediation puts you and your partner on equal footing so that you can make decisions together.
Are you ready to try mediation? Florida allows those considering divorce to use mediation as one resource. Read on to learn more about Florida's mediation process.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which both parties come together to discuss their problems. They typically have a dispute and use mediation as a way to talk about their problems until they come to conclusions.
In divorce, mediation is often used to discuss issues like property division, child custody, and child support. In some cases, you may be required by the court to come to mediation. This is called court-appointed mediation.
Why Should You Consider Mediation?
Mediation has plenty of advantages. For one, sitting in a room with a neutral party may feel a lot less frightening than sitting before a judge. You can come prepared without feeling nervous.
One major advantage of mediation is that you are in the position of making decisions. Nothing is going to happen in the way of decision-making without your consent. You and your partner are in charge of coming up with solutions, even creative ones, to overcome obstacles.
Mediators are great for working through obstacles to communication. They can facilitate an environment that makes communication feel welcome and less hostile than you might expect otherwise.
Mediation can be legally enforced when it involves a contract signed by each party. The benefit of this is that you can go to court if your ex-spouse fails to follow the agreement. You have much more legal recourse than you would if you simply had a verbal agreement.
Mediation saves both time and money. You need not hire an attorney to come to court time after time. Instead, mediation allows you to move quickly but conscientiously through the process.
Who Does Mediation Work For?
Mediation does not work for everybody, but it does have a high success rate when both parties are ready to talk about their problems. Any reluctance to discuss the divorce and the other issues that arise will lead to roadblocks.
If a couple still has deep emotions, especially anger, about the divorce, mediation may not work well. Some people consider going to therapy to work through their emotions before they opt for divorce mediation.
If mediation does not work for you, you will go back to court. There, a judge will settle disputes. You may be ordered to pay alimony or child support that you did not necessarily agree to. For this reason, many couples prefer to at least try mediation first.
Do You Need a Lawyer for Mediation?
The mediator is not a counselor but rather an individual who is designated as a neutral party. A mediator is not legally allowed to give you legal advice. As a result, you should always seek legal advice from a lawyer before going to mediation.
Your lawyer does not have to be present for mediation, but they can be if you and your partner both agree to this condition. Either way, seeking advice ahead of time is beneficial.
You can rely on Gerardin Law Firm when you have questions about divorce mediation. Call today to schedule an appointment and learn more about Florida divorce mediation.