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Most people think that resolving family law issues requires a trip to court because they don’t know mediation is an option. Divorce mediation is private, collaborative, and keeps the outcome of your case in the hands of the people involved rather than a judge. Mediation uses shared knowledge and communication to resolve your family law issues outside of court.
Half of the work of mediation is gaining and sharing knowledge. This means that even if knowledge in the marriage was one-sided, like where one spouse handled all the finances, information can be brought to the table and shared so that solutions can be found. The knowledge exchange also includes looking at what each party is concerned about and why. This kind of information can help the mediator find compromises that both parties can accept.
The other half of mediation is communication. Mediation can open up communication in a neutral setting even in situations where communication has been broken for a long time. In some situations, the people involved may have difficulty talking to each other openly about what they want and their concerns due to the emotions involved in whatever issue is involved. Mediation can often help open communication rather than closing it off further as might happen in aggressive court cases. Having a neutral third party speak to each party separately before bringing the parties together means communication becomes more of an option in more contentious situations.
Mediation uses knowledge and communication to help the people directly involved find solutions to their family law issues. This valuable option in resolving issues means that you do not have to go to court and deal with the stress of litigation.
Come back to read about how the confidentiality of mediation keeps your private issues private instead of dragging them into the public view in court.