Settle Out Of Court With Divorce Mediation
Mediating a divorce is a cost-effective method for negotiating a divorce settlement without going to trial. Mediators act as neutral third parties who can keep the lines of communication open and assist you throughout your decision-making process. Hiring a mediator can help you and your spouse reach an amicable decision that works for both parties. At our firm, Tournour Law, family law and divorce attorney Frank Tournour can act as a divorce mediator and help you and your spouse come to a fair decision that will stand the test of time.
Understanding Divorce Mediation
The mediation process is flexible and can be adapted to fit the needs of most couples. During a mediation session, Mr. Tournour will act as a completely neutral party. As a mediator, his job is not to advise either party. Instead, he can assist you and your spouse as you formulate ideas and make mutually beneficial decisions. Depending on your relationship, you can meet together with Mr. Tournour or individually. On average, it takes between four and 10 sessions to negotiate the entire settlement. During this time, Mr. Tournour can help you settle issues, including:
- Distribution of marital property
- Child custody arrangements
- Child support calculations
- Parenting time and visitation schedules
Divorce mediation is completely voluntary and only works if all three parties involved – you, your spouse, and the mediator – continue to agree it is effective. Mediation sessions can occur as often as you and your spouse choose.
Once your negotiations are complete, either the mediator or an attorney will write an agreement. They may also create a separate parenting schedule or plan. These documents become part of your divorce judgment, which means they can be enforced by a court if the agreement is not followed.
Is Mediation Right For You?
For most divorcing spouses, divorce mediation can be a great option, especially if there are children involved. Mediation can help you avoid the financial and emotional costs of litigating a contested divorce in court and creates a more amicable decision than arbitration. Typically, it is much less expensive than a court trial or a series of hearings. Additionally, mediation allows you to arrive at a decision based on what you believe is fair, rather than being held to impersonal legal precedents. You and your spouse are in control of the process and not subject to the rulings of the court. It is also completely confidential.
Divorce mediation can offer an alternative to settling in court, saving you time and money and protecting your relationship with your spouse.
Before proceeding with mediation, it is important to consider your relationship with your spouse. While mediation can be very effective, there are several factors that can make other forms of divorce settlement better suited for your situation. If there is a history of any form of domestic abuse, it can be difficult for the victim to obtain a fair settlement. Additionally, alcohol or drug abuse can undermine the success of the negotiation. It is also important to take the time to choose a divorce mediator who can complement your needs.
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For many couples, the prospect of facing an extensive court trial with hearings and lawyers can seem overwhelming. Divorce mediation can offer an alternative to settling in court, saving you time and money and preserving amicable relations with your spouse. If you are interested in learning more about mediation or any other divorce services we offer, contact us through our online form or call us at 732-913-3634.