Once you decide to divorce, you will then turn your attention to the process itself. While many people assume that litigation is their only option, this isn’t true. Mediation is one of the best ways to work through your divorce in an efficient and effective manner.
What are the benefits?
No two couples face the exact same circumstances with regard to the divorce process, but there are benefits that anyone can take advantage of in mediation. Here are a few of the most common:
- Full control over the process: With mediation, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse have control over the process, as opposed to relying heavily on the decisions of a family law judge. With this control, you’ll feel better about finding common ground on all key issues.
- The help of a mediator: A divorce mediator doesn’t have the legal authority to make decisions on your behalf. However, they are available to keep the peace during the process, answer important questions and talk about different ways to solve your issues. You may be surprised at how helpful a mediator can be.
- Less stress: There’s no way to eliminate all the stress associated with the divorce process, but mediation can definitely take some challenges off your plate. For example, since you’re not in a traditional courtroom setting, you’ll be more at peace during your negotiations.
- A faster process: This doesn’t always hold true, but many divorcing couples find that mediation allows them to move through the process in a more timely manner. Subsequently, they’re in position to move on with their post-divorce life sooner rather than later.
- A good start to co-parenting: With mediation, you and your spouse are in position to negotiate and compromise. If you have children together, this is good practice for what you’ll be up against when co-parenting your children in the future.
Along with the above, there’s one last benefit of divorce mediation: the ability to consult with a family law attorney. You’re not alone as you go through the mediation process. You can still work with an attorney who can answer your questions and protect your legal rights in North Carolina.