If you are facing an upcoming divorce, the process of going to court to determine your settlement can be daunting. You will have to divide your shared property, determine if you or your spouse may receive alimony payments, and if you have children, their custody and support agreements as part of your divorce settlement. Amid the stress of having to work through these issues in court, you are also facing high lawyer’s fees.
But there is a better way to divorce. Your marriage does not have to end in a vicious courtroom battle – it can be calmly dismantled in the comfort of a mediator’s office. This process is known as mediation. By choosing to divorce through mediation, you can save yourself the time, money, and stress associated with traditional divorce litigation.
When a couple chooses to divorce through mediation or are required by the court to do so, they meet with a court-approved mediator. A mediator is a neutral third party who is trained to help divorcing couples to work together to develop a settlement that meets their needs.
During the couple’s mediation session, each partner presents their goals for the divorce. As the mediator facilitates their discussion, the couple works together to draft a divorce settlement. Mediators are trained to guide people through productive discussions and help them create their own solutions. Once they have created a satisfactory settlement, each partner and his or her attorney signs the settlement. It is then filed with the court.
There are a lot of benefits to divorcing through mediation rather than litigation. Many couples who divorce through mediation report higher levels of satisfaction with their settlements, better relationships with each other following the divorce, and more positive opinions of the divorce process than those who divorce through litigation.
Divorcing through mediation can be faster and less expensive than litigation because it does not require you to go to multiple court hearings and meetings with your attorney. It is a more self-directed approach to divorce that allows couples to create the right settlements for themselves.
If you are considering filing for divorce in the near future, contact The Law Office of Eric B. Hannum Esq., LLC. at (732) 365-3299 or on the web to discuss your rights and legal obligations. The expert divorce attorneys at our firm can guide you through the process of filing and working through your divorce while providing quality legal advice and representation.