Traditionally, divorce has been viewed as a confrontational process where one spouse wins and the other is left defeated. Today, couples are beginning to realize that there are no winners in a divorce that is filled with conflict, so alternatives are being sought.
One popular alternative is divorce mediation. This is a low-conflict method that focuses on finding amicable and workable solutions. As long as both spouses approach mediation with the appropriate mindset, then it can be a success. Outlined below are a few important things to consider.
Both physical and mental participation is key
Divorce mediation allows both spouses to create a schedule that works for them. This is one potential benefit, as the family court has must less flexibility in terms of scheduling.
However, on top of being there physically, the success of mediation will depend on the willingness of both spouses to engage and participate. If one or both spouses enter with the mindset of not being willing to negotiate, communicate, and compromise, then the mediation possess could fail.
There is no room for personal disputes
While divorce is a deeply personal issue, it is not actually the most effective to approach the process without figuring out how to keep all those emotions in check.
There are benefits to approaching divorce, and mediation, like business negotiations. The personal disputes that you and your spouse had in the past are no longer relevant. What matters from this point is where you are headed in the future. The less personal resentment that is brought into the mediation process, the more likely it is to be a success.
Mediation isn’t for everyone but it is certainly something worth considering. Whichever route you decide to take, make sure you have legal guidance behind you.