Who makes decisions for the mediation process?

Throughout mediation, couples have to be willing to work together to make decisions for their marital issues and have these resolved to get them a divorce. These issues can be resolved in mediation, including child support, child custody arrangements, the division of assets and alimony. Spouses will have to make compromises with one another on certain issues. The mediator is there to help with the process. This neutral third party serves as someone who can guide the conversation. They do not make any decisions for the couple. Spouses should talk about their marital issues and how they can come up with a solution to satisfy each party. While it may be hard to satisfy both parties for each issue, it is something that should be worked towards if the couple wants to avoid going to court over these matters. If couples cannot decide on these issues in mediation, they may have to enter litigation where a judge is in charge of making decisions for them. This can be difficult since spouses will not be in control of their own issues.

How can I benefit from mediation?

Mediation sessions allow couples to talk about their issues in a more private setting that can encourage them to open up with one another. If they cannot do this in mediation, they would have to do so in a courtroom where they do not have as much power since a judge is in control of the final decisions. Since mediation is done at the pace set by the couple, these spouses can meet in multiple sessions with a mediator and their lawyers. They can take as long as they need for this process. This may make it a shorter process than litigation would be. Not only can this save the spouses time, but it can also help save them money. They may not have to pay as many legal or attorney fees. If children are a part of the family, parents can be able to set a good example for them by going through mediation and working together. This can show that they are committed to working together to make the children’s lives happy and healthy.

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