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Resolving Disputes Through Divorce Mediation, Part 2
This post is the second in a three part series on divorce mediation. If you haven’t already read part 1, I recommend you do before continuing.
What is an uncontested divorce? (continued)
In an uncontested divorce, both parties must be in full agreement on every aspect of the divorce. Now, on the face of it, that sounds crazy, right? How are two people who are terminating their marriage supposed to come to a consensus on issues like division of property, child custody, and alimony? Well, one way is through divorce mediation.
Mediation is a powerful tool that can be (and is) applied to many different types of disputes, and divorce disputes are no exception. Divorce mediation is a way for both parties to lay all their cards on the table and forge an agreement that is in their own best interests, as well as the best interests of their children, should they have any.
In divorce mediation, the former couple will attend meetings with their mediator. They may also choose to have their own attorneys present at the mediation sessions, although this will obviously incur additional costs. In these meetings, the mediator will assist the couple in negotiating the terms of their divorce. A good mediator is skilled at fostering a constructive environment. That way, the divorcing parties can focus on resolving their disputes in a mutually beneficial manner rather than focusing on their personal differences.
When is divorce mediation the right choice?
As you can imagine, mediation works best when both parties are openly communicating and participating in the process. If you believe your ex is hiding assets, or if your conflicts are so severe that you can’t be in the same room with one another, than mediation is probably not the right choice for you.
Check back soon for Resolving Disputes Through Divorce Mediation, Part 3. In the meantime, check out our page on divorce mediation.