Mediation during a divorce proceeding can be very beneficial for couples who are amicable, or at least willing to negotiate on various issues to finalize their divorce. Mediation is a process where a non-biased, third-party (known as the mediator) helps the couple reach decisions they both agree upon. The mediator does not decide for the parties but helps them make their own decision. Once mediation is completed, the legally binding agreements are presented to the Court.
Mediation can offer various benefits for both parties. Some of these advantages are:
#1: Reduces Time – With mediation, you can avoid lengthy litigation in court and shorten the process to get to a final resolution.
#2: Alleviates Stress – Divorce can be a stressful process with a lot of unknowns. By using mediation, you can eliminate most of the unknowns since you would be in charge of your matter along with the help of the mediator and possibly, counsel if you choose to go ahead with lawyer-assisted mediation. A Judge is not involved.
#3: Saves Money – Mediation helps both parties save money because they do not have to deal with the costs associated with litigation in court, which can cause the divorce process to drag on and further inflate the costs.
#4: The Parties Have Full Control – The mediator is present to help guide the parties to reach decisions for the various agreements. Each person can make decisions and reach agreements to determine what is best for them.
#5: Helps Protect Children – If you have minor children, you can limit the stress divorce has on them, as well as their impressions of conflict between their parents with mediation. What children see is their parents working together to reach mutually beneficial agreements.
#6: Prevent Future Legal Disputes – Future disputes tend to arise less frequently, when the couple was able to use mediation, since they have a vested interest in the agreements.
#7: Helps Maintain Confidentiality and Privacy – Mediation helps you avoid having to appear in court. You can meet at your divorce lawyer’s office or another mutually agreed on location. Additionally, the mediation process is private, unlike litigation, which is open to the public.
#8: Helps Both Parties Reach Closure – One of the emotional aspects of divorce is one or both parties are not able to reach closure because of ongoing litigation and disputes. With mediation, it is possible to reach this closure and look forward to a new future.
#9: Helps Establish the Foundation for Collaborative Problem-Solving – When there are minor children involved, parents will have an ongoing relationship long after the divorce is finalized. Mediation can help parents establish the groundwork to make decisions and solve problems that arise with their children in the future and reduce future conflict.
Mediation is not suitable for all matters but if it can be used, it can provide several benefits for everyone involved. For further questions on whether mediation is right for you, or to schedule a consultation with an Ottawa family lawyer, please contact Davies Law Firm at (613) 688-0462 today!