Divorces can be a lengthy, complicated and emotionally charged process. With all of the procedural nuances of a divorce proceeding and procedural rules of the court, even after several court appearances, it is entirely possible that a spouse will not have had the opportunity to testify and tell his or her side of the story. Oftentimes, the first few court appearances just involve the parties’ attorneys arguing on their respective behalves and a judge making a ruling. It is not until much further into the process that a spouse has an opportunity to speak on own their behalf and tell their side of the story.
Having your voice heard in a divorce can be very therapeutic and cathartic. But all too often that can get swallowed up in the legal technicalities of a divorce. There is, however, an alternative to a long drawn-out divorce, where spouses can tell their side of the story and have their voices heard. This is through divorce mediation.
In divorce mediation, a neutral mediator, who is often also a lawyer, will facilitate the negotiation of a divorce settlement between spouses. This happens in a private office, and not in open court in front of a judge. The parties then have the opportunity to meet together with the divorce mediator. Through the process of negotiating the divorce settlement, each spouse will have an opportunity to tell their side of the story and have their voice heard.
Divorce mediation is all about being collaborative and working together. Therefore, an opportunity to tell you story and be heard is very important.
If you are considering a divorce, and you do not want a long drawn-out process in the courts, divorce mediation may be right for you.