Let’s face it, divorce can be a painful, messy and costly process. However, it is possible to dissolve a marriage on good and respectful terms — without paying a fortune. Mediation is a great alternative to a litigated divorce as it allows the divorcing couple to dissolve their marriage in an amicable and less contentious manner.
Divorce mediation comes with several benefits, but how do you know mediated divorce is right for you? Here are three signs that you’re on the right track:
When the decision to divorce is mutual
Mediation only works when both parties are on the same page. You are likely to have a successful mediation if both parties agree to divorce. If you and your spouse come to terms that the marriage is no longer tenable, it may be easier to resolve any issues arising from the divorce if both parties are working together.
When both parties agree on custody terms
Child visitation and custody tend to be some of the most contentious issues during divorce. Divorce mediation makes it possible for couples to work out their co-parenting plans and act in the best interest of the children. Through mediation, a divorcing couple can decide who cares for the children on a day-to-day basis, visitation terms and child support payments.
When both parties are transparent about their finances
Another sticky issue during divorce is usually the finances — whether that’s how to divide the assets and debts or what sort of support is needed. Mediation works when both parties are forthcoming about their finances as well as how to handle marital assets and debts.
There is no doubt that divorce can have a huge impact on everyone’s life. Given its impact, the choice about how to go through the divorce process is all the more important. Mediation makes a fair, peaceful and cost-effective divorce possible.