Splitting up? Mediation may help you avoid a courtroom clash

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Divorce

If the prospect of enduring a courtroom divorce fills you with dread, you might be pleased to know there are alternatives. For example, mediation is a popular option for many divorcing couples.

Mediation offers many benefits, such as speed, affordability and less conflict, to name just a few. If/when you choose mediation, maximizing its potential success is wise.

Know what mediation is

Mediation is a collaborative process wherein couples work with a neutral third-party mediator to address the legal side of a divorce. Unlike litigation, mediation prioritizes communication and compromise in an informal setting, aiming for a mutually beneficial outcome. It usually involves attending a few sessions to complete the process.

Know what you can resolve

Ultimately, mediation offers a flexible forum couples can use to resolve all the essential aspects of divorce, including:

  • Child support and parenting plans
  • Marital asset and debt division
  • Spousal support or alimony

Mediation provides a safe way to discuss and resolve potentially contentious divorce matters, promoting an equitable outcome for both spouses.

Know how to succeed

If this is your first divorce, it is probably your first mediation experience. Knowing how it works and what you can address is helpful, but how can you increase your odds of success?

  • Prioritize and prepare. Identify your top concerns (child custody, finances) and issues to negotiate beforehand.
  • Be open and informed. Accept that cooperation is necessary for successful divorce mediation.
  • Understand your finances. Look at your financial circumstances honestly to get a picture of your current and future economic needs.

Bonus tip: Consider the benefits of legal guidance from someone familiar with Washington divorces when deciding how to end your marriage. A knowledgeable representative can help you choose a divorce method that best meets your family’s needs and help you maximize that method’s benefits.

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