Divorce Tip #1: Divorce Mediator.
(This video was created in 2011. Please note that the website referenced in this video has been changed to www.TopDivorceMediator.com.)
Explaining Who is Divorce Mediator, How Divorce Mediation Works and the Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is a respectful process that allows divorcing couples to resolve common divorce related issues with the help of a specially-trained, experienced, and neutral persona–a mediator. Mediation is less stressful, less time-consuming, and less expensive than hiring two opposing attorneys in a litigated divorce. Throughout the mediation process, you and your spouse have final say over all your divorce, parenting plan, and division of assets, debts, child support, and alimony.
Mediation is appropriate for all couples, no matter how complex your situation may seem at the onset. Even if the trust has been broken in the relationship and/or you are dealing with difficult personalities.
- The mediation process generally a lot less expensive than hiring two opposing attorneys in a litigated divorce.
- While court hearings are public, mediation remains strictly confidential. No one but the parties to the dispute and the mediator or mediators know what happened. Confidentiality in mediation has such importance that in most cases the legal system cannot force a mediator to testify in court as to the content or progress of mediation.
- Mediation increases the control the parties have over the resolution. In a court case, the parties obtain a resolution, but control resides with the judge or jury. Thus, mediation is more likely to produce a result that is mutually agreeable for the parties.
- Because the result is attained by the parties working together and is mutually agreeable, compliance with the mediated agreement is usually high. This further reduces costs, because the parties do not have to employ an attorney to force compliance with the agreement. The mediated agreement is, however, fully enforceable in a court of law.
- Parties to a mediation are typically ready to work mutually toward a resolution. In most circumstances the mere fact that parties are willing to mediate means that they are ready to “move” their position. The parties thus are more amenable to understanding the other party’s side and work on underlying issues to the dispute. This has the added benefit of often preserving the relationship the parties had before the dispute.
- Mediators are trained in working with difficult situations. The mediator acts as a neutral facilitator and guides the parties through the process. The mediator helps the parties think “outside of the box” for possible solutions to the dispute, broadening the range of possible solutions.
Mediator, Denisa Tova, CFP, CDFA, helps couples divide finances rationally. Mediator with financial background can save money, time and help to have fair financial outcome.