When Is Mediation an Option During Divorce?
Making the decision to end a marriage and begin the divorce process is never easy. Unfortunately, it is a decision that affects a growing number of Americans, with roughly 50 percent of all marriages ending in divorce.
Though no one enters a marital union expecting it to fail, statistics indicate that divorce is becoming more and more common in the early years of a marriage. According to the American Psychological Association, in the United States more than 20 percent of all first marriages are dissolved through divorce within five years. That number escalates to 48 percent for unions exceeding 20 years.
Naturally, the divorce process involves a lot of detail, especially if the couple has children, or significant assets. Such detail must be ironed out through trial or mediation before finalizing a divorce agreement.
Divorce and Mediation
There are a number of benefits to choosing mediation versus a trial setting, including time and cost. In addition to mediation being far less expensive than a series of hearings, or even a trial, mediation is:
- Confidential – There is no public record of sessions
- Personal – Both parties are able to control the process
- Flexible – Unlike court-ordered divorce mandates, mediation allows a couple to arrive at a fair settlement based on their concept of fair in that situation
Perhaps the greatest benefit to mediation is that it is a possible solution for almost any couple. Even in contested cases, a judge may still order mediation to negotiate issues like child custody or asset division, in order to help expedite the settlement.
Regardless of your situation, it is always best to opt for legal representation when hammering out a divorce agreement. In Florida, a family law attorney can help protect your interests during mediation, as you prepare for the next chapter of your life.
Is Mediation Right for Me?
If you or someone you love is going through a divorce, mediation may be an option for you. That’s where The Law Firm for Family Law comes in. In addition to representing couples during divorce hearings or trials, our legal team also advises clients throughout the mediation process, and can even provide a qualified mediator to handle your case.
Our Clearwater family law firm takes protecting you and your rights under the law very seriously. We are committed to putting you and your needs first as we work with you to secure an agreement that is in your best interest.
We are here to support you today. To schedule a free preliminary consultation to assess your case, call our office at (727) 531-8737.