An increasing number of couples are choosing to pursue mediation as a way for resolving their differences on such matters as property division and child custody instead of fighting it out in court.
A recent study conducted by University of Maryland researchers shed light on a trend that surprised researchers. Divorce rates are on a decline among millennials. In fact, the overall divorce rate in the United States apparently dropped by 18 percent between 2008 and 2016. There are a number of reasons that the researchers point to for this decline.
If you and your soon-to-be ex have decided to finalize your divorce through mediation, you've made an excellent choice. If the process is successful, you will likely save a great deal of time and stress while reducing the emotional burden of the divorce on your family.
When many hear that word "mediation," they often think of a long, drawn out way of working through differences. Few think of it as a quick-fix solution for resolving them. While certain matters may be so complex that mediation does drag out for an extended period of time, negotiating the end of most people's divorces doesn't require this.
Negotiating a divorce settlement via mediation is a desirable option for many. High-profile couples tend to prefer to try to settle their divorces via mediation in order to keep their personal affairs, including finances and custody arrangements, private. Others tend to pursue mediation because they have a lot of assets to sort though or because they've heard that it makes a divorce a lot less stressful on the kids.
Some divorcing couples tend to steer clear of mediation because they believe that their issues with their exes are far too complicated to be able to settle via that approach. Others have powerful spouses that they're afraid will monopolize the negotiations and not allow them to get a word in edgewise.
When couples decide to pursue divorce mediation, they'll often tell you that they chose it because of they've anecdotally heard that it's less emotional trying on both them and their kids. While this is one of the advantages of pursing a mediated divorce, it's only one of many benefits.
Husbands or wives who contact a mediator to step in and resolve their divorces have a variety of expectations.
Mediating child custody cases has become a popular alternative to long, drawn out courtroom battles in recent years. One of the reasons more couples have turned to mediation in cases like this is because it's been shown to be a less stressful option on the kids and parents alike.
When it comes to prenups, there's often only one party that's interested in having it drafted. In that situation, the other would be just as happy for it not to exist. It's often when couples begin negotiating a prenup that the less affluent partner's feelings get hurt. Situations like this can make for a difficult way to start the marriage off.