If you and your spouse have been discussing ending your marriage, one of the things you might be fearful of is the process that can often be associated with a divorce. Most people have heard virtual horror stories about the emotional and financial cost of divorce and this may be enough to deter someone from getting divorced even if they know it is the right thing for their family.
Fortunately, not every divorce needs to turn into a virtual war that leaves both parties in shambles. There are today options, often referred to as alternative dispute resolution. One of these methods is mediation, an approach that has been utilized to negotiate differences and conflicts in business for some time. As explained by Forbes, a primary purpose of mediation is an outcome that is not only acceptable to both parties but that has been achieved without undue collateral damage.
Both spouses may have attorneys to advise them before or between mediation meetings but it is the spouses themselves who create their divorce agreement terms. A professional mediator guides them through discussions designed to come to a final settlement. Many couples find that the time and cost involved in mediation is far less than what is involved with a litigated divorce. The agreement must be approved by a judge prior to being legalized. Mediation proceedings are also private, unlike litigation proceedings.
If you would like to learn more about what happens during the process of divorce mediation, please feel free to visit the alternative dispute resolution page of our Florida family law and divorce website.