Divorce Mediation Is A Non-Adversarial Approach To Marriage Resolution
Divorce mediation can be the best option for you and your spouse to amicably resolve marital disputes out of court. It can save you time and money, as well as relieve stress by helping to avoid adversarial interactions. The mediation process works well when you both trust one another enough to be truthful and fair when working out a settlement agreement.
There are several tangible benefits of using a divorce mediator to resolve your marriage without having to go to court. For example, you and your spouse share the cost of hiring a mediator, which saves you money because you don’t need to hire a lawyer for each of you, and you’ll avoid court costs and fees. Further, reaching a settlement agreement out of court usually takes much less time than a divorce process that can take many long months or even years. You will still go to court for a final hearing to present your agreement, but the hearing is a formality as you will have all issues resolved and the Court will simply be reviewing and approving your agreement.
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse will meet with a mediator, who is trained and experienced in helping you reach an agreement regarding common divorce issues like property distribution, and the allocation of assets, debts, and liabilities. If you have children together, your divorce mediator also helps to resolve custody and child support issues by helping you create a joint parenting plan and determining child support and the sharing of other financial responsibilities for the children.
Getting divorced does not have to be a cause of distress and anxiety. When you interact with your spouse in a respectful, mature manner, you are better able to reach an agreement that works for both of you. Mediation can be the best way to get through the process of dissolving your marriage with as little difficulty as possible.
A public divorce proceeding is out there for everyone to see and hear. Mediation, on the other hand, is private. You don’t have to share what goes on with anyone if you don’t want to. There is a less negative impact on both your reputations and relationships with employers, co-workers, family and friends. Mediation allows you and your spouse to have greater control over the process because you both have equal opportunities for input. That’s the point of divorce mediation – working things out together to meet your goals and interests for you and your family without having to rely on a judge to make the important decisions that will have a lasting impact on your lives and that of your children.
Even if you already have an ongoing divorce court proceeding, it isn’t too late to turn to mediation. Whether you are just starting the conversation about the possibility of divorce or you’ve already hired lawyers, you can still use a mediator to assist you through the legal process with the support of your legal counsel.
The Hill Law Firm, P.C. practice offers divorce mediation services in Overland Park, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri, as well as in Clay County and Platte County, Missouri. As your mediator, Elizabeth Hill, lead attorney at The Hill Law Firm, P.C., provides support, legal information and guidance as you and your spouse work to reach an acceptable agreement.
To schedule a consultation or obtain more information about divorce options such as mediation, collaborative mediation or collaborative divorce, you may contact her office by completing the form on the contact page or by calling 913-381-1500.