Posted on: 22 May 2020Share
Divorce mediation is a method that many couples use today for their divorce cases. Instead of each spouse hiring a lawyer to negotiate, the spouses work together with a mediator to settle the issues. People use mediation for several reasons, and it offers several benefits. If you are considering this strategy for your divorce, here are five things you should expect.
1. You Must Get Along
The first thing to expect through mediation is order and peace. Couples that do not get along well cannot benefit from this method. It only works for couples who are willing to abide by specific rules, and one rule is that you must get along. This method may work well for you if you and your spouse can talk about issues and get along with each other when discussing tough decisions.
2. You Must Meet Several Times
When using mediation, you should expect to meet several times. You may have two or three meetings, or you might need more. The number of meetings depends on several things:
- The amount and severity of the issues you must settle.
- How agreeable you both are during the meetings.
If you want to attend fewer meetings, you should plan to be agreeable and ready to conquer the tasks at hand.
3. You Should Agree on a Mediator
You should realize that you and your spouse can choose the mediator you want. It is helpful if you both talk to several mediators to find one that you both like and want to use. If you work at this together, you will likely have a better experience using mediation for your divorce.
4. You Will Have an Agenda
You should also expect to have a plan to follow for each meeting. The mediator will use the first meeting to understand the issues of the divorce and its complexity. He or she will then work on a schedule with an agenda for each meeting. You will both know in advance what you will discuss at each session.
5. It Will Cost Less
Many couples use mediation to save money, and you can save a lot of money through this method. As a result, you should expect the divorce to cost less.
Using mediation is not the ideal method for all couples, but it works well for some. You can meet with a mediator to learn more about this option and if it is right for your situation.