If you and your spouse have settled on an amiable divorce and do not need to take one another to court, what additional methods are available?
Mediation is one such method that may work out well.
What is mediation?
Forbes takes a look at divorce mediation. This option allows for a divorce mediator to act as a referee of sorts for the divorcing couple.
In essence, you and your spouse will work with a mediator to iron out the trickier details of your split. This can include coming to agreements on child custody schedules, alimony payments, the division of assets and more.
A mediator’s only job is to ensure that you both have the time and space to have a proper discussion, and that arguments do not bubble out of control.
Who does it work for?
Mediation is a great option for couples who want to have full control over their divorce. Going to court takes that control out of your hands, and the court will have the final say on everything.
Generally speaking, mediation works best for couples who can still hold a civil and polite conversation with one another. Mediators are not there to speak on your behalf, after all. They are there to help you work through discussions.
Who may want to opt for something else?
Typically speaking, mediation does not work well for couples constantly at one another’s throats. If you can barely get through a discussion without an argument breaking out, a mediator is not going to miraculously solve this and make it so you can smoothly speak to one another.
Thus, if you fall into this category, you may want to look into another alternative instead.