Today, Mediate Don’t Litigate in Denver discusses reasons why divorce mediation might be right for you. As an attorney who has litigated and settled numerous divorces, I’ve found that focusing my energy on providing neutral, third-party mediation services has enabled me to help my clients resolve matters such as asset division and custody of children without entering into expensive and time-consuming litigation.
While mediation isn’t for everyone, take a moment to read through the following reasons why divorce mediation might be right for you. If these points apply to your situation, please get in touch to learn more about how I can assist you with a better, smarter and more amicable divorce settlement option.
- Divorce is a Mutual Decision: When both parties are on the same page in regards to ending a marriage, mediation is the next logical step. If both spouses are ready to start a new chapter in their lives, the odds are that both will want to work together in mediation sessions to move forward without a stressful litigation process.
- You Want to Remain on Good Terms: If you intend to remain on good terms with your spouse after the divorce, this is a strong indicator that mediation will work. Some couples may continue to play a role in each other’s life after a divorce, either because of family obligations or due to their choosing. Collaborating on a mutually beneficial agreement is an excellent start to a positive post-divorce relationship.
- You Fully Understand your Financial Situation: Before entering mediation, it is a good idea to have clear knowledge of your joint financial situation. If you have had access to shared finances throughout the relationship and are aware of all the assets and debts that you hold jointly and separately, you’ll be in a good position to mediate. If your finances are more complicated, but both parties are committed to openly and honestly disclose all assets and debts, you may still be in a good position to mediate the details of your divorce.
- You Can Disagree without Resorting to Angry Outbursts: If you can confidently and respectfully discuss your position on potentially contentious matters without losing your temper, divorce mediation might be right for you. In some cases, where one spouse cannot discuss differences without a highly emotional reaction, mediation may only be possible if both parties are in separate rooms. In extreme cases, litigation may be your only choice.
- There Has Been No Physical Violence in the Relationship: Many mediators screen out couples who have a history of physical violence. To proceed with mediation, both parties need to be able to negotiate on an even playing field, without fear or intimidation.
- You Respect Each Other as Parents: If you feel that your spouse is a capable and responsible parent, then working out a custody agreement or shared childcare plan should be achievable outside through mediation. However, if both sides deeply disagree on fundamental issues involving the welfare of the children, the courts may ultimately have the final decision. You’ll both need to be committed to the process, so I encourage open minds.
At Mediate Don’t Litigate, I consider divorce mediation to be a positive and more affordable alternative to litigation. Hopefully, the information provided will help clarify if divorce mediation might be right for you. For more information on how I can help with divorce mediation, please feel free to get in touch.
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