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What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

Florida couples who are thinking about divorce may be interested in ways to save time and money while ending a marriage. Through the process of mediation, a lengthy court battle may be avoided. Many couples are now turning to divorce mediation to resolve their differences.

Mediation is a process in which the couple is aided by a neutral mediator who helps both spouses communicate, devise creative solutions to their issues and focus each party on important tasks. This focus and assistance in coming to an agreement often allows a divorce settlement to be reached much faster than it would have had the couple gone to court.

Many states now mandate mediation in some disputes, such as those over child custody. Some courts refer their divorce cases to mediation when it is appropriate. In other cases, agreements between the parties dictate that they will attempt mediation before moving forward with any trials.

Divorce mediation has many advantages, but it may not be for everyone. When one or both parties are unwilling to come to the negotiations in good faith and with a willingness to compromise, mediation may not be the proper venue for the divorce. In addition, if one party is unable to express his or her opinions and interests, mediation will be difficult.

This information should not be taken as legal advice since each couple's situation is unique and could require individualized counseling. An attorney who has experience in mediation or collaborative divorce could assist with resolving a spouse's divorce issues before the couple has to resort to a lengthy court battle. The attorney might negotiate and draft a divorce agreement that is fair to both parties.

Source: Findlaw, "Divorce Mediation - Overview", August 13, 2014

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