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When a couple begins the divorce process, there is usually a great deal of emotion involved, especially if one spouse wants the divorce and the other does not. While it can be difficult to work through the feelings that typically exist, couples who realize they do not want a protracted court battle can avoid some conflicts through mediation with the help of a skilled divorce mediator.
Soon-to-be-ex spouses do not have to be on the best of terms for successful divorce mediation. They must simply enter the process with an open mind and a willingness to negotiate in good faith.
Couples can create a divorce agreement that addresses their needs through divorce mediation, which is a voluntary settlement negotiation. Mediation lets spouses determine what their divorce decree should include and allows them to settle their divorce outside of the courtroom.
Spouses can meet with a mediator on their own or with separate attorneys present. During mediation sessions, they discuss and finalize agreements on all necessary legal issues involved in ending their marriage, including child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and the division of marital assets.
The mediator facilitates the discussion and provides a calming influence when emotions flare up or contentious issues arise. Again, spouses do not have to agree on everything, but they do need the desire to work through the various issues together instead of leaving the decisions up to a judge.
A divorce mediator does not choose sides. It is their job to be an impartial facilitator who makes sure both spouses know all available options for each relevant decision, and the short- and long-term projections for those choices.
Most couples who complete divorce mediation are glad they did, for a multitude of reasons. Compared to divorce litigation, mediation provides the following benefits:
At Goldberg Sager & Associates, we understand the mental and physical strain that accompanies divorce. Our experienced divorce mediators strive to ease that burden for spouses who may not currently get along but want to plan their post-divorce life on their own. To learn how a New York City divorce mediation lawyer can help, call our office at 718-514-9516.