Communication is key to a healthy marriage and should always be held dear to each spouse. However, any heated argument between both spouses can make for a very frustrating relationship, especially when the decision to dissolve the marriage has already been made.
When both spouses are planning to divorce after several arguments, they need to know that there are many other ways to make the divorce process more agreeable, including mediation.
What is Divorce Mediation, and Who can be a Third Party Divorce Mediator?
Divorce mediation is defined as the process where a third party facilitates communication and negotiation between both spouses, helps them reach a voluntary agreement regarding their disputes, and directs the divorce process to be as amicable as possible.
The divorce mediator is the third party who facilitates a meeting between both spouses and assists to make a more positive effect on an impending divorce with agreements on the following:
- Child custody and visitation;
- Division of assets and other collateral;
- Child support; and
- Spousal maintenance and support.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Mediation is a healthy and cost-effective way for both spouses to agree on certain issues with the divorce process. The cost of divorce mediation is typically 40 to 60 percent lower than divorce litigation. Divorce mediation involves both spouses and the third party, so there is more time for the third party divorce mediator to assist the married couple with questions that could be asked. Therefore, the interaction between both parties is more personable.
Divorce mediation is typically less stressful than divorce litigation. Additionally, children may feel more comfortable when their parents are cooperating during the divorce process. As a result, more joint custodies are likely to be awarded when the divorce is mediated, and children are likely to have a healthier relationship with their parents.
Contact a Wheaton Divorce Attorney Today
Experiencing issues within a marriage can be the most devastating situation a couple may face. It is always a good idea to get a third party involved to clear up any confusion and other issues that may arise during the divorce process.
Attorney Anthony Abear has almost two decades of experience in the family law and divorce practice, and he is willing to help put your mind at ease. If you have any questions in regards to mediation, please feel free to contact the compassionate Wheaton family law lawyers at Abear Law Offices. Call 630-904-3033 to get the assistance you deserve.