When couples decide to separate, many instinctively believe the first step is to retain a lawyer. Our clients often tell us they had no idea that the option to mediate their separation existed until they came across it online, or heard about it from a friend, family member, or colleague at work. For many, the mediation process feels like a better fit and a process they feel is worth a try.
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Here are 5 reasons to consider mediating your separation:
Negotiate with the assistance of a skilled and neutral facilitator.
Mediation is a voluntary process in which our lawyer-mediators act as neutrals to help you and your spouse negotiate an agreement. Either of you may end the mediation at any time.
Mediation is a patient process to work through difficult and complicated issues.
Our mediators will guide you and your spouse through the issues, while assisting you to communicate respectfully and productively. You can negotiate interim, partial, and final separation agreements, cohabitation agreements/marriage contracts, parenting plans, or changes to existing agreements and orders.
Flexibility to build creative solutions to meet your family’s unique needs and preferences.
The process is very flexible and can cost less than traditional negotiation or litigation. It provides the opportunity to design your own solution, in accordance with your values and goals.
Create stronger, longer lasting agreements.
Research suggests that those who reach a settlement in mediation are more likely to remain generally satisfied with the outcome in the future and more likely to adhere to the terms of the settlement as both participants “buy in” to the agreement when it is created.
Preservation of ongoing relationships, if desired.
In some cases, the goal is to accomplish a “clean break” and maintain mutual respect and dignity. In other circumstances, the goal may be to maintain an amicable or business-like relationship for each other and/or the children. Mediation is a collaborative problem-solving exercise that encourages the preservation of ongoing relationships to the extent desired and appropriate in the circumstances.
Our mediators are experienced family law lawyers and we are here to help. If you are in the process of separating from your spouse or considering separation, click here to schedule a free Zoom call with one of our mediators to learn more about our services and to answer any questions you may have about the process of mediation.