How do I know if mediating my divorce is the right way to end my marriage?
Parties to a divorce are often ordered by a court to attend a mediation session. Attorneys also advise divorcing couples to seek a mediator first, to resolve their differences that divorcing couples have, so that parties can spend their time resolving their issues, rather than spending their money arguing over their issues in litigation. This saves valuable time and resources and helps expedite and finalize a divorce agreement. Although in mediation you do not have to agree on everything, here are some items that may indicate that mediation may be right for you:
- There is no history of domestic violence in your relationship.
- Both of you want to determine the terms of your divorce agreement and not leave it to a judge.
- Ideally, you both prefer to reach a private agreement rather than having public arguments in court.
- You both want to minimize the costs and the amount of time that it takes to get divorced.
- You both believe and are willing to provide full disclosure on your income, debts, and any liabilities.
- In the past, you both have been able to communicate some of your differences.
- Both of you are willing to commit to trying mediation in order to settle your differences in a divorce agreement.
If several items on the above list reflect your situation, then mediation may be right for you. Please contact the Gibson Mediation Group to learn how we may help you mediate your divorce agreement.