August 20, 2018 by admin_wpp
Decision making is a critical component of Divorce. When significant assets and children are involved, it is even more important that final decisions are mutually acceptable, provide room for variables and address the needs of all involved. For this reason, many couples choose mediation over traditional divorce litigation. Read more to learn about 7 Benefits of Divorce Mediation.
The mediation process is designed to help divorcing couples to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. It accentuates cooperation in a neutral versus an adversarial context. The goal of divorce mediation is to provide a non-confrontational environment that facilitates equitable, rational and positive conflict resolutions.
The mediation process is also guided by the Model Standards of Practice for Family and Divorce Mediation. It is a unified set of canons that has evolved through a collaboration of a symposium of entities such as the American Bar Association, Academy of Family Mediators, Association of Family Courts and Community Professionals, and other national, state and regional mediation organizations. The most current Standards incorporate issues such as domestic violence and child abuse and is so designed to consider the best interests of children in the divorce process. It also aims to provide parameters or guidelines that help to…
- Streamline Mediator conduct.
- Inform mediating participants of the dynamics of the mediation process.
- Enhance public confidence in the viability of the family and divorce mediation practice.
Some of the most recognized benefits of divorce mediation include:
- More cost and time efficiency. Because a primary goal of the mediation process is to mitigate disputes as quickly as possible, this naturally translates into savings in both time and money.
- Greater control over divorce settlement terms. In other words, the couple rather than the decision of a judge decides what happens relevant to the couple’s assets and the welfare of their children.
- Reduced acrimony through focused and productive communication. With the assistance of a qualified, neutral third-party, the divorcing couple is better able to express their differing perspectives and be heard when it occurs in a conciliatory rather than adversarial atmosphere. This also gives couples a chance to reduce, explore and evaluate options as well as to negotiate and refine decisions.
- Ensures appropriate asset analysis and distribution with the assistance of professionals such as real estate appraisers, tax accountants, and attorneys.
- Privacy. Meetings, documents and work notes of the mediation process are treated as privileged and confidential as opposed to a traditional courtroom proceeding that occurs in a public arena. It can also protect children from exposure to custody trials and in-depth inquiries.
- Flexibility. Mediators typically work around the divorcing couple’s schedule. This can provide increased opportunities to address sticking points in order to achieve more effective post-divorce or co-parenting resolutions.
- Once mediation agreements and signed off by all appropriate parties, it becomes a legally, binding document that is enforceable by a Florida court.
Mediation is not always the ideal option for every divorce situation. However, in situations where it is appropriate, couples typically attest to the fact that it facilitates more harmonious communication with respect to the making of major and potentially life-impacting decisions. In contrast to the usual acrimonious nature of divorce proceedings, mediation has also been shown to facilitate the development of solutions that are more tailored to the divorcing couples unique set of circumstances.
For more information on 7 Benefits of Divorce Mediation contact The Law Offices of Nugent Zborowski @ 561-844-1200.
The Law Offices of Nugent Zborowski
631 US-1, Suite 402
North Palm Beach, FL 33408