Going through a divorce can be emotionally tough and costly. If you and your spouse have decided that you don’t want to battle it out in court and would prefer to work through the unresolved conflicts related to your split, you may want to discuss going through mediation with the help of a third-party.

With family law mediation, the goal is to help you and your spouse come up with solutions that you’re both willing to accept. Through one or more sessions, you’ll identify areas where you do agree and areas where you do not agree. Normally, each of you will retain your own attorney who will also be present to help protect your personal rights and interests.

Mediation is normally very helpful for those who are willing to set aside their past marital disputes and work with the mediator to move forward. Custody and visitation issues can be particularly good topics for mediation since the mediator may have some insights into what has worked for other divorcing parents. They are also impartial and fair. They may be able to introduce new ideas or creative ways to resolve the dispute — which is not something you can generally do in a courtroom. Keep in mind that your mediator’s job is not to create a solution for you. Instead, they will guide you through the process until you and your spouse are able to come up with a solution that works based for your unique situation.

Our website has more information on using mediation to help move your case forward. It’s a viable solution if you and your spouse hope to end your divorce without litigation.