What happens during divorce mediation?
Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Jul 29, 2014 in Divorce Mediation
Divorce has a popular reputation for being a lengthy and challenging legal process involving a bitter court battle. In reality, however, many divorce cases are never litigated in a courtroom; rather, couples choose to settle out of court. Still, divorce can be a stressful experience.
Knowing that a divorce could take a contentious turn, it's understandable why many couples might want to avoid this possibility. Even though divorcing couples might no longer see eye to eye, both spouses aren't always trying to exact "revenge" on the other. Thankfully, Connecticut law allows for mediated divorce, which is a cooperative approach to splitting up.
Divorce mediation addresses all of the same issues as a contested divorce, but the details of a settlement are hammered out differently. This option for divorce is characterized by the decision to bring in a neutral party, the mediator, in order to come to a resolution.
Other collaborative divorce options might have a slightly different twist. For example, couples can still decide to reach an out-of-court divorce settlement, but go through the process with individual legal representatives, rather than a third-party mediator working alongside both spouses.
Whatever the case, deciding to settle a divorce with an impartial mediator can help ensure that the final settlement is fair for both spouses. Not only that, but couples can work through child custody and support issues with confidence that agreements are made with the best interests of the kid in mind.
Above all, reaching a divorce settlement in a mediated fashion can reduce the stress and anxiety associated with a litigated divorce. After all, both spouses do not need to worry about the adversarial nature of a dispute in court.
Source: FindLaw.com, "Divorce Mediation - Overview," accessed July 29, 2014