Divorce Mediation is Often the Best Divorce Solution for Couples with Children
If you and your spouse have an amicable relationship and are willing to work to openly and honestly resolve the issues involved in ending your marriage, Divorce Mediation may be the answer to a quick, relatively pain-free divorce that can cost a fraction of divorce litigation. For couples who can communicate amicably, divorce mediation is the least expensive, least stressful, and quickest method of ending a marriage and moving on with their lives. In cases where couples have children, it can also cause the least disruption to the relationships between parents and children.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce Mediation is an alternative to a Contested or Uncontested Divorce. In divorce mediation, you and your spouse will hire one mediator (as opposed two attorneys) who will serve as a neutral third party in guiding you to your Settlement Agreement and Finalized Divorce. You and your spouse lead the conversation and will ultimately settle all of the issues involved in your divorce.
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What Role Does the Mediator Play?
First and foremost, your divorce mediator is a neutral third party. Once you and your spouse have decided on divorce mediation, you and your spouse will sit with the mediator. He or she will take notes and listen as you discuss the multitude of issues in your divorce. Your mediator will guide your discussions, provide legal information, when needed, in reaching an agreement amenable to both you and your spouse. Your mediator does not represent either spouse or give advice; instead, the mediator may make suggestions based on the wishes of both spouses, and encourage compromise and solutions that will satisfy everyone. When you and your spouse have settled all of the issues, your mediator will draft a Stipulation of Settlement that you will both sign. This will eventually be submitted to the Court and will be incorporated into your Divorce Decree.
It is important to stress that your divorce mediator works for both you and your spouse. He or she cannot take sides and cannot make an ultimate decision for you and your spouse. As such, you and your spouse also have a very important role to play in your Long Island Divorce Mediation.
What Role Do My Spouse and I Play?
Because your divorce mediator cannot make final decisions and cannot take sides, it is important that you and your spouse are very comfortable communicating with each other. You both need to be willing to compromise and be ready to understand each other. Additionally, you both need to be very open and frank about what you want. You both need to be comfortable expressing your wishes in a respectful manner. While it is important to have set goals when entering into mediation, you must be willing to compromise in order to reach an amicable, fair conclusion to your divorce. You and your spouse will lead the discussions and will be the ones to ultimately make the decisions.
Less Stress, Less Expensive
Divorce Mediation is the least stressful and most cost-effective way to get divorced on Long Island. Mediation can end up saving couples thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands, of dollars in legal fees. There is no Court intervention and there are no ugly legal battles. You and your spouse, if you are both willing to cooperate with one another, will be able to leave your marriage in an amicable and respectful manner.
As an additional benefit, most mediations take up much less of your time and will not drag on and on for months, possibly years. If you and your spouse are serious about reaching an amicable conclusion to your marriage and can cooperate with each other, you may only need two or three mediation sessions, which dramatically lowers the cost of your divorce.
If you have children together, you will probably be in each other’s lives for a very long time because of the children. A contentious divorce often leaves lasting scars that make it difficult for former spouses to communicate after the divorce, which creates issues with making decisions regarding your children going forward. Because divorce mediation attempts to keep things civil, it is very likely you will both be able cooperate as co-parents, and do so with much less strife after divorce mediation.
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Moving Forward with Your Children
Telling your children that their parents are no longer together can be a terrifying emotional rollercoaster. This tumultuous time in their lives is often compounded when they become the victims of their parents’ custody and/or child support battle. Divorce Mediation typically provides a method of reaching an amicable agreement between the parents by removing the contentious litigation process.
In a Divorce Mediation, you and your spouse will be able to tailor a child custody and visitation agreement to suit your needs. At our firm, we have seen many mediation clients reach agreements that work very well for them, and their children, and meet their needs as a family.
An Experienced Divorce Mediator Can Save You Time, Money and Stress in Your Divorce on Long Island
We have helped countless couples reach a settlement that works for them. We have helped them begin their post-divorce life on a great footing, as they are able to cooperate and effectively co-parent with their former spouse. This allows them to move on to a happier, healthier future apart.
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