Brandon Divorce Mediation
Think your marriage is complicated? A divorce is often much worse. When a marriage ends, there are many elements to unravel. Who gets the house? Who gets the pets? Can you ask for alimony? How will child custody be determined?
In an ideal world, both spouses would agree to everything, get the divorce finalized, and move on. However, this does not always happen. There are situations in which the spouses will argue over one or more issues. Sometimes revenge is involved. Perhaps an asset has a sentimental meaning and neither party wants to part with it.
In the past, divorces often ended in huge courtroom battles. This no longer has to happen. If you and your spouse just cannot agree on the major issues of your divorce, you have options.
Mediation is an option. Mediation allows you to settle disputes with the help of a neutral third party. A mediator does not tell you how to resolve your issue, nor can they offer legal advice, but they can answer questions and guide you in the right direction. A Brandon divorce mediator can help you find solutions that make sense in your situation. Mediation often happens in a physical location, but sometimes it can be done online. In fact, this has been more common in the age of COVID.
Benefits of Mediation
Mediation is a great alternative for litigation in many ways. Here are some benefits:
- Lower cost. Mediation is cheaper than going to court.
- Higher chance of settlement. Most mediations result in a settlement or agreement of all of the issues.
- Better communication. Mediation forces you and your spouse to work together, which improves communication. The skills you learn in mediation can also help you avoid future conflicts.
- You’re in control. The judge doesn’t decide the outcome—you and your spouse do.
- More freedom. With mediation, you can choose a solution that’s fair based on you and your family’s best interests, rather than a judge’s opinion or state laws.
- Confidentiality. Unlike a court case, mediation is confidential. It is not made public, so nobody needs to know.
How to Make Mediation Work
Has your spouse agreed to do mediation? If so, you first need to determine what issues you and your spouse don’t agree on. The next step is to reach an agreement. You can do this by compromising and trying to understand your spouse’s point of view. While you don’t have to be in agreement, you should get a better idea about how to find solutions.
Once you resolve your issues, the mediator will write a settlement agreement. If the court approves the agreement, it will become part of the final divorce decree.
Contact a Brandon Family Law Attorney Today
Mediation can help you resolve issues in your divorce without the need for litigation. If you want to divorce with less stress, a mediator can help you avoid the courtroom.
Stephanie Koether from Koether Law, P.A. can give your divorce and family law matters the attention they need. She has been a member of the Florida Bar since 2017 and can help you get the results you desire. Schedule a consultation today to get started.