Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
If you are considering divorce, you may be wondering about the process and the best way to handle these proceedings. Mediation may be a good choice if you are still on amicable terms with your partner and both of you are invested in reaching an agreement that works best for you and your family, including the division of debts and assets, child custody and care arrangements and other issues related to your divorce. Here are some of the most important facts about mediation services in Fresno, California.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation can be a rewarding alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. Rather than taking adversarial positions, you and your former partner can work together through a divorce mediator to resolve conflict related to a wide range of issues. Mediation requires a few basic elements for optimal success:
- A willingness on your part and your spouse’s part to negotiate in good faith
- Honesty and openness about assets, debts and other issues related to your divorce
- Faith in the process and the mediation lawyer you and your former partner select
- Flexibility and the ability to recognize your partner’s right to voice his or her perspective
Keeping an open mind when approaching the mediation process can help you, and your spouse reach common ground and achieve the outcomes you want for you and your family. Mediators work with you to ensure that all issues are addressed effectively and that you can reach the most appropriate agreements for you and your children.
The Mediation Process
The mediation process through this office typically involves a series of meetings during which all points of interest and concern will be addressed, leading to negotiations and resolution. The most common issues are:
- Child custody, parenting plans and living arrangements for minor children
- Division of assets and debts
- Spousal and child support arrangements
By discussing these matters openly and in a non-confrontational way during mediation, you can often achieve enduring workable resolutions for your future.
What Does a Divorce Mediator Do?
Your mediator will conduct meetings with you and your former spouse to facilitate discussion about ways to resolve the issues associated with your divorce. The mediator will help you explore ideas unique to your situation that might otherwise be overlooked. Throughout the process, the mediator will will act as a guide to each party through the divorce, striving always to keep the family’s best interests first and foremost, while maintaining a safe environment for both parties..
Benefits of Mediation
Mediation offers a number of significant advantages over adversarial divorce proceedings, including the following:
- By engaging in mediation, you may maintain an amicable relationship with your former spouse that can make it easier to get on with your life after your divorce is final.
- You can achieve greater control over the specifics of child custody and shared parenting arrangements by working together with the help of a qualified divorce mediator.
- By negotiating your child custody arrangements together, you can often make changes as needed without going back to court to alter these agreements.
- Mediated divorces can provide added privacy for all parties to these proceedings. By contrast, most court records and hearings are open to the public and offer minimal privacy for divorcing couples.
- In some cases, working with a mediation lawyer can be less expensive than retaining separate attorneys and battling it out in court. By choosing to work together to end your marriage peacefully, you can reduce the emotional and financial cost of your divorce.
- The reduced stress involved in a mediated divorce proceeding can be beneficial for minor children.
If mediation appeals to you, give us a call today at 559-226-4008 to discuss your situation and to determine whether mediation is the right choice for you.