What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
When couples go through a divorce, they often seek alternative methods that exist outside of a courtroom. While it may not be possible for all couples, it can be beneficial for some to reach an amicable agreement about their marital issues without the assistance of a judge. One of the different types of divorce options available to couples is the method of mediation.
Mediation allows a couple to negotiate the terms of their divorce with the assistance of an unbiased third party instead of a judge. The process allows couples to come together and resolve any unaddressed marital issues. It lets spouses come to an agreement on how to end their relationship properly. The third party exists to listen to both sides of each spouse and help them reach decisions that are best for them and their family. Conversations in mediation may consist of child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
Benefits of Mediation
There are numerous benefits to divorcing through mediation instead of a trial. When a couple decides to go through mediation, they can walk away from the divorce feeling better about the decisions they reached with their spouse. Benefits of this method can include:
- Control over the situation: Mediation gives spouses control over the outcome of their divorce. When a divorce occurs through trial, a judge has the right to make all decisions. Mediation allows the couple to make these decisions.
- Confidentiality: The process of mediation is confidential. Neither spouse or the third party involved is allowed to share anything spoken about during mediation or use any information against one another. This lets both spouses be honest with eachother during the process.
- Speed: Mediation is a quicker process than other divorce methods. This usually depends on the couple and how many unresolved issues there are to be addressed.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through a trial, mediation is cost-effective. Divorce through litigation is usually expensive for both the couple and the state of New Jersey.
- Choice: A couple has the choice to participate in mediation. It is a voluntary process that allows spouses to reach a positive outcome.
- Family: When a couple chooses mediation over divorce through litigation, it often benefits any family involved. Divorce trials are often difficult and bring out harmful sides of people, while mediation allows for a healthy conversation. This is especially favorable for parents with children.
How Does the Process End?
When a couple reaches agreements on their marital issues, the mediator can draft a Memorandum of Understanding. This details all agreements that were met between the spouses. Both spouses will then give the Memorandum to their attorneys who will create a Matrimonial Settlement Agreement. Once this is signed, both spouses can go to court as an uncontested case to finalize their divorce.
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