Mediation is a negotiation process, involving an independent expert (the mediator) who works with you, your partner and your lawyers to reach a resolution.
Mediations are normally conducted in a “shuttle style”, which means that you and your former partner are not sitting in the same room all day. This gives you and you former partner privacy, space and the time you need to think about possible solutions.
If you have separated from your partner and an agreement is not in sight, here are five reasons to consider mediation:
- You hold the power. Importantly, in this process you and your former partner make the decisions, not the mediator (unlike a judge in a court process). After all, aren’t you and your former partner the right people to be making major decisions about your children and your family, and the assets you have worked so hard to build;
- It will save your mental and physical health. There is an indisputable correlation between divorce and depression and anxiety. Litigation only exacerbates this further. Resolving your situation early and on your own terms will not only save you precious time, it will enable you to preserve your mental and physical health;
- It will save you time and money. Mediation is efficient as you and your former partner jointly decide the process and timeframe. It is commonly known that our family court system is backlogged and under resourced. The wait for a final hearing can be two years. The timeframe for mediation can be as little as 8 weeks. Just remember the longer it takes to resolve your dispute, the more you will pay in legal fees;
- It can help you and your former partner get on a positive co-parenting path. Most family law disputes do not need a court room. A skilled lawyer will not only advise you on the law and help you identify the issues, they will help you generate various options and solutions, so that you can ultimately reach a mutual agreement.;
- Statistically, mediation has a very high success rate.
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