Who makes decisions during mediation?

Divorce mediation allows couples to make decisions for their marital issues. These issues can be resolved in mediation by the spouses as long as they cooperate. They may have to make compromises regarding certain issues. This can prove to be difficult for some individuals, making the process nearly impossible. Since mediation requires the cooperation of both spouses, it is not an easy process. This process may not be for everyone. Other couples may have an easier time having a judge make decisions for them in litigation.

Mediation allows spouses to meet with a neutral third party that serves as a mediator. The mediator does not make any decisions for them. Instead, the mediator ensures that the process is productive and is not consisting of arguments about marital issues. Spouses should talk about their marital issues and how they can come up with a solution to satisfy both parties. While it may be hard to satisfy both parties for each issue, it is something that should be worked towards. If couples cannot decide on these issues themselves, they may have to enter court where a judge is in charge of making decisions. This can be slightly nerve-wracking since the spouses will not be in control of their own marital issues, but rather would be putting the power in the judge’s hands.

How can I benefit from mediation?

Mediation sessions allow couples to talk about their issues in a more private setting. Otherwise, they would have to do so in a courtroom. Since they have more privacy in mediation, it may encourage them to open up with one another. Throughout mediation, couples can meet in multiple sessions with a mediator and their lawyers. They can take as long as they need for this process. This may make it a shorter process than litigation would be. Not only can this save the spouses time, but it can also help save them money. They may not have to pay as many legal or attorney fees. If children are a part of the family, parents can be able to set a good example for them by going through mediation and working together. This can show that they are committed to working together to make the children’s lives happy and healthy.

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