Divorce has a reputation for being a long, expensive and stressful way to dissolve a marriage. But what if there was a less divisive way to get divorced? Unlike traditional divorce litigation, divorce mediation offers couples a less adversarial to end their marriage while saving time and money. Here are some of the most common misconceptions about the divorce mediation process and the truth behind them:
Myth 1: Mediation is for couples who want to reconcile
Divorce mediation may sound a bit like couple’s therapy, but the goal is not to salvage your marriage. Divorce mediation is an alternative dispute resolution for couples who wish to separate or divorce amicably and fairly. However, mediation can help you and your ex start the next phase of your relationship on the right foot if you must remain in each other’s lives.
Myth 2: Mediation won’t work with a disagreeable ex
The purpose of divorce mediation is to work with your mediator to identify the problems you and your ex cannot agree on and work past those obstacles peacefully. While reaching a mutual resolution isn’t always easy with a soon-to-be-ex-spouse, it’s rare for couples to enter the mediation process agreeing on all the terms of their divorce.
Myth 3: Your mediator will resolve your issues for you
In divorce mediation, your mediator is a neutral third-party. While they will help guide the negotiations and ensure things remain civil, your mediator is not there to propose solutions or establish the terms of your divorce for you.
Myth 4: Mediation will cause you to lose everything
Divorce mediation allows you and your ex to set your own terms for your divorce rather than let a judge decide the outcome. In many cases, mediation can lay the groundwork for long-term success because it requires both parties to agree on the solutions. In divorce mediation, you and your ex will cover the same issues tackled in divorce litigation, including:
- Child custody arrangements
- Child support payments
- How to divide property and assets
- Spousal support payments
Divorce mediation is all about communication and compromise. While it isn’t right for everyone, don’t let misinformation keep you from exploring your divorce options.