There are a few big life decisions that you get to make for yourself, and one of those is marriage. If you choose to get married, obviously the hope is that your marriage will be healthy and long-lasting. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For some, the best decision to make is to end the marriage with a divorce so that both parties can move on to the next chapter of their lives. Divorce can be a challenging and emotional process. Some try to figure out the details on their own through mediation, but others use a lawyer throughout the process. At Affordable Family Law, we make hiring a lawyer an affordable option for families who need more than mediation. We understand the importance of both parties feeling that they are being represented and being heard. We will help with finding solutions all while keeping things peaceful for those involved.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a confidential process where a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps divorcing couples negotiate and reach agreements on various issues related to the divorce. It is an alternative to the traditional approach of going to court and having a judge make decisions which can be a drawn-out process. During divorce mediation, the mediator facilitates productive discussions between both parties, guiding you through the decision-making process. The mediator does not take sides or provide legal advice but rather acts as a neutral facilitator to ensure open communication and help find solutions that you both can agree on. The goal of divorce mediation is to empower you two as individuals to make your own decisions regarding the division of assets and debts, child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, and other relevant matters. The process allows both parties to maintain control over the outcome and work together in a respectful and cooperative manner.
Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Mediation is often more cost-effective than traditional litigation. The process typically requires fewer attorney hours and court appearances, resulting in lower legal fees. However, the mission of our team is to make it possible for you to have strong legal representation at a decreased cost. Often times when couples choose mediation over litigation, they end up having to settle for a lot less than they hoped for. With the attorneys at our firm, we can fight to ensure you get what is right and fair for you.
Divorce Mediation Works for Most, But Not All
Divorce mediation may not be suitable in certain circumstances. It is not recommended when there is a history of high conflict, emotional abuse, or domestic violence. Safety should always be the number one concern, and sometimes the court is the best way to handle an unsafe situation. Additionally, if one or both parties are uncooperative, unwilling to engage in open communication, or lack the willingness to participate in good faith, mediation may not be effective. It is important to carefully evaluate your specific circumstances and determine the most appropriate approach for your divorce.
Choose Affordable Family Law
When it comes to going through a divorce, it can be a stressful and complicated process to navigate. Divorce mediation will lighten the mental load of both parties as they are the ones to facilitate meetings, guide discussions, and help the couple to find resolutions. Through divorce mediation, the relationship between both parties should be able to stay intact in a civil manner to discuss all of the decisions that need to be made during the divorce. Going through a divorce is overwhelming and lonely, going through it without any guidance can make it that much harder. At Affordable Family Law, we are here to help you throughout the process. We want the divorce to be a smooth process in that both parties are able to agree on the outcomes and feel that their desires were heard. We want to help both parties get to the point where they can move forward with their lives and feel like the previous chapter has closed peacefully. Please call us with any questions that you may have and if we can help you in your current situation. Everyone deserves to be happy, let us help you get there!