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Divorce Options in New Mexico – Part 2
This post is part of a two part series on divorce options in New Mexico. If you haven’t already read part 1, I recommend you do so first.
Divorce Options Continued
Option 3: Divorce Mediation
Divorce mediation is another method of divorce that avoids the time and expense of court proceedings. In a mediated divorce, the couple will hire a neutral mediator to facilitate the negotiation of their divorce. The mediator may be a lawyer, but if they are, they may not have a client relationship with either spouse. The spouses may also elect to hire attorneys to represent their interests during mediation, and those lawyers may attend the mediation sessions with their clients. However, having lawyers present at all mediation sessions will increase the cost associated with the process, thereby negating one of its central advantages. Another benefit of divorce mediation is that the outcome is entirely controlled by the spouses, and the agreements reached are voluntary. Consequently, mediated divorce agreements are more likely to be followed than those enforced via court order.
Option 4: Summary Divorce
Still not sure which type of divorce is the right choice for you? Ready to get started on the collaborative process, on divorce mediation, or on your traditional divorce? Give Don Harris a call. He has over 25 years of experience, and is a member of the International Association of Collaborative Professionals as well as the New Mexico Collaborative Practice Group.