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Are there ways to make a divorce less contentious?

by | Jan 5, 2021 | Divorce |

The divorce process can be incredibly draining, contentious and traumatic. Though, it does not have to be. If a couple can set aside their emotions and work towards a mutually agreeable solution to their dissolution of their marriage, mediation can be a good option. This is because the mediation process is less combative and expensive than traditional divorce court proceeding. And, it is often much easier on one’s children.

What is divorce mediation?

Mediation is the process whereby a neutral, third-party, often a lawyer, attempts to find a mutually agreeable solution for two parties, who are usually represented by attorneys as well. In divorce mediation, the mediation process is the same, except the mutually agreeable solution is a divorce decree that is then filed with the family law court, which then makes it legally enforceable.

Why divorce mediation?

As stated before, the divorce mediation process is the opposite of the traditional divorce litigation process. This is because the goals are different. In the traditional divorce litigation process, the goal is to win, with each party’s lawyers fighting for the biggest piece of the divorce “pie.” In the divorce mediation process though, the goal is to find a mutually agreeable solution. Rather than winning, the focus is on collaboration and compromise. This usually means that the mediation process is much less contentious.

What are the benefits for kids?

Perhaps, the best reason for divorce mediation is for the kids. According to industry experts, it is rather common for children going through the divorce process to need some form of therapy. This is because the anger and conflict between the parents invariably passes onto those spouse’s parenting. This is not to say it is intentional, only that even when not intentional, it often results nonetheless. Of course, if one is going through the mediation process, that anger and conflict is largely avoided, which means there is no negativity to hamper healthy parenting.

For those in Pensacola, Florida, looking at divorce, they should ask their attorney about divorce mediation. If it is right, the process can help make the decoupling process much less contentious.


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