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Is divorce mediation right for you?

Posted by Thomas Pettinicchi of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Aug 29, 2014 in Divorce Mediation

There is no question that for some people divorce will rank as one of the most stressful things they experience in their life. This is not always the case however. In some cases couples choose mediation to resolve the matters that need to be determined in the course of a divorce. Though an approach that is gaining ground, it is possible that some people may not know what divorce mediation is. When it works, this process has multiple benefits.

Traditionally divorcing couples would go to court to hash out a divorce settlement. That process is often long, stressful and expensive. In addition, at the end, because a judge who does not know anything about a couple other than what is in black and while on a paper makes the final decisions, few people feel good about the outcome.

Mediation on the other hand, is designed to have the divorcing spouses end the union in an amicable manner. Because the process focuses on working together, it is a particularly good option when young children are involved and a couple will have a relationship for many years in the future.

Matters concerning children are not the only issues addressed in the course of mediation. All divorce matters that would otherwise be resolved in court are addressed as well including: retirement, distribution of property and taxes. The mediator, who is a neutral third party, does not make any decisions about these matters. Instead, the spouses reach a decision on how these matters will be settled between themselves.

Other benefits to divorce mediation include how quickly a conclusion can be reached, the lower expense as compared to litigation and sometimes improved communication between spouses.

Source:, “What is Divorce Mediation" Brian James, July 2007