Video Series Part 2
Divorce is usually an emotional, confusing, and overwhelming time for each person involved. Mediation is a process that provides a safe and productive method for couples to get results, come up with solutions, and avoid messy, expensive courtroom situations. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “mediation” as “intervention between conflicting parties to promote reconciliation, settlement, or compromise.” Specifically, a divorce mediator works with the divorcing couple and facilitates healthy conversation between them in order for them to reach mutually beneficial solutions.
In most divorce situations the facilitative style of mediation, in which the divorcing couple meets with the mediator together, produces the best results. The couple sits down in the same room with the mediator who then facilitates discussions between the two. Using the mediator’s expertise and communication strategies, the mediator supports the couple, helping them to stay on track and focus as they:
- Gather the necessary information from both parties, taking both perspectives and lifestyles into account
- Look at different options that may mutually benefit both divorcees
- Brainstorm various solutions and outcomes
- Proceed through the necessary negotiations steps
- Review and ascertain the durability of the options
In the end, the divorcing couple makes the ultimate decisions—not the mediator. Mediation is an exceptionally transparent process compared to traditional methods of divorce and it can be designed to meet the specific needs of the couple involved. Divorce mediation can be very empowering for people since they get to voice their needs, opinions, and choose the definitive outcomes that work best for their transitioning family. Furthermore, divorce mediation is an affordable alternative to litigation, usually saving the couple thousands of dollars in court expenses.
Contact Whole Mediation for a free one-hour consultation to discover what dispute resolution processes are available to you.