While it can seem like a major production to have a perfect wedding, ending one’s union with a partner could also be a significant process. As any couple in California can attest, they do not intend to get divorced when going through the motions to wed; however, it is a real possibility for any married couple no matter their age or length of union. Thus, it can be imperative to consider the best way to approach dissolution, making it both time and cost effective, as it is already an emotional and trying time.
Divorcing through mediation
Mediation is an alternative method to end a marriage. It allows a couple to avoid litigating their divorce in court, helping them save time and money. But how does this process accomplish this? Mediation requires that a neutral third party facilitate the process of working through any and all divorce issues. This means that mediation sessions are scheduled, and in a private and confidential setting, spouses are able to voice their stance on certain issues.
It should be noted that mediation is a voluntary process, and if spouses are unable to agree at all or on certain issues, it may not be successful at all or only successful in part. Regardless of the reason, if mediation does not result in an agreement, it will be necessary to complete the process through litigation.
Tips for a successful divorce mediation
While there is no perfect way to divorce or mediate a divorce, there are ways to make the process work better for a divorcing couple. For example, working with a mediator that both parties agree to can be helpful. Some divorce topics are emotional and challenging. Having a mediator that is easy to work with and talk to can make the process move forward with more ease.
Next, it is important that both parties fully understand the rules of mediation, the expectations of the process and an agreement to adhere to them. By understanding the rules and expectations and signing an agreement to mediate, the process can move forward more smoothly.
The mediation process relies on the parties to compromise. While a spouse may have their mind set on certain issues, being flexible is necessary for a mediation to be successful. Finally, to help ensure that a party is legally protected and makes decisions that benefit them, having a legal representative throughout the process can be helpful. This can be especially helpful if the parties cannot agree on a topic without further legal consultation.
Whether you are considering mediation or are currently moving forward with the process, it is important to fully understand the process and how to make it successful.