For some couples, going to court for their divorce seems overly adversarial and complicated. If you and your spouse are considering a divorce and want to reasonably work out issues without extensive involvement from a divorce court, mediation might be a good choice to help you with the divorce process.
A mediator serves as a neutral third party and helps the couple work together to reach a fair divorce settlement. Even if the couple feels that they can work out the settlement on their own, a mediator’s presence helps ensure a fair agreement and helps keep each side on topic.
Mediation is beneficial because it encourages an open and honest environment for discussion of the issues that allows both spouses to have equal input and power in the decision-making process. The mediator does not make decisions for the couple; all agreements are reached by the couple themselves, guided by the mediator when needed. The mediation process involves discussion of child custody and child support, property division, payment of debts, alimony and other support, fees, and any other issues that need to be worked out.
Often, it is beneficial to have an attorney present during the mediation process, since mediators cannot provide legal advice. A lawyer can provide a different perspective and can help make sure that the agreement is legally fair for both spouses. When both parties feel they have reached a fair settlement, the agreement is written in a legally-binding document.
If you are seeking a divorce from your spouse but want to avoid a courtroom settlement, divorce mediation might be the right choice for you. The Raleigh divorce lawyers of Marshall & Taylor PLLC, can oversee your mediation process and make sure that your final agreement is fair for both parties. Contact our offices today at (919) 833-1040 to discuss you situation with a qualified attorney.