Mediation: An Alternative Approach for Divorce

A man holding his wedding ring after divorce

Filing for a divorce is not an easy process by any means. It can bring about many emotions and stress for those involved. Yet, people often fail to consider how there are multiple options and approaches for divorce. Most of the time, people think of traditional courtroom-based approaches; however, it is not that common for divorce cases to actually end up in court. There are other, collaborative-based methods that prevent your divorce case from ending up in court.

While most attorneys are not certified mediators, they can guide you through your divorce mediation. Eiges & Orgel, PLLC can help explain the process, helping you prepare for collaboration appropriately.

The Role of Mediators

You might find yourself wondering what entails mediation. First, there is a third-party mediator to assist throughout the process. Their job is to hear out the concerns of each individual, ensuring that their needs and interests are being heard.

The mediator does not take on any bias in the situation, avoiding conflicts between each spouse, supporting them through negotiations. They will ask questions when necessary, gaining the needed clarification in order to reach compromisable resolutions. Furthermore, the mediator maintains confidentiality, keeping information from sessions private.

When done successfully, a mediator can help reduce the amount of time and stress involved in the divorce process.

What is Discussed

In mediation sessions, you will discuss all components of the divorce. By doing this, you will reach a marriage settlement agreement that you and your spouse agree on, avoiding potential disagreements down the road. You will most likely take into consideration the following aspects of your divorce:

  • Child custody and visitation

  • Marital property division and debts

  • Child support payments or alimony

Each individual will have the opportunity to provide their stance on these issues. The mediator will take this into account, communicating with each party until a resolution can actually be met. The couple may not necessarily agree at first but in mediation, an agreement must be reached in order to successfully create a marital settlement.

An additional component that you can discuss in your sessions is a parenting plan if you have children. By negotiating and working together on this document, you and your ex-spouse can remain on the same page with the parenting process. This will have a positive impact on your co-parenting skills and the well-being of your children.

How to Prepare

You may find yourself feeling anxious or worried about your mediation sessions. However, there are ways you can prepare for the process. First, have a talk with your attorney about your sessions before entering. They can help describe what the sessions will be like, helping you feel more comfortable. Furthermore, your attorneys can help ensure that your needs are adequately addressed and communicated during mediation.

It is also vital to enter the process with an open mind, willing to have conversations and make compromises. If you have any questions or concerns, make sure that you have them written down before entering the sessions, so you won’t forget. If you or your ex-spouse are not willing to negotiate on the terms of your divorce, then it is likely that mediation will not serve as a viable option for you. If agreements are not met, then some issues may have to be taken to court or handled by attorneys.

Eiges & Orgel, PLLC Can Help During Mediation

Having an attorney on your side to assist you throughout mediation is instrumental in the process. Eiges & Orgel, PLLC is familiar with the steps taken in mediation. We can help you reduce the amount of time and money invested in the divorce process, while also reducing stress.

Need help finding the best approach for divorce? Contact Eiges & Orgel, PLLC at (347) 848-1850 for a consultation.

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