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An Overview of Divorce Mediation

A Peaceful Alternative to a Challenging Process

When a couple decides to get a divorce, many decisions need to be made. One of the most important is splitting up their assets and liabilities, but other issues, including child custody and support and spousal support must also be decided upon. These issues can be difficult to work through, as emotions can run high as you try to decide how best to proceed.

More couples are choosing mediation to work through their divorce issues. But what exactly does this process entail, and how does it benefit couples who choose to use this alternative? This blog post will provide an overview of how divorce mediation works in Colorado. We will also discuss some of the benefits of using mediation to resolve divorce disputes.

What Mediation Is

Mediation is a process where a neutral third party, called a mediator, helps spouses in conflict communicate and make decisions about their divorce. The mediator does not take sides or make decisions for the couple; instead, they help facilitate communication and understanding between the two parties.

The mediation process is very confidential, which means that anything said during mediation sessions cannot be used against either spouse in court. This creates a safe environment for both spouses to openly discuss their concerns and needs without fear of retribution.

Why Choose Mediation

Mediation offers many benefits for couples going through a divorce. Some of the benefits of mediation include:

  • You and your spouse have control over the process and the outcome. This means that you can work out an agreement that is tailored to meet your needs and the needs of your spouse.

  • You can save time and money choosing mediation because you are avoiding a trial.

  • You can keep the divorce process private. While certain items will need to be made public, such as the terms of the divorce decree, other items and discussions held within sessions themselves remain confidential.

  • You can avoid some of the stress and conflict that comes with going to court.

How Mediation Works

In divorce mediation, the mediator helps the divorcing couple communicate and negotiate around the terms of their divorce, including division of assets and custody arrangements for their children. The number of mediation sessions necessary will depend on the complexity of the divorce and how well the couple can communicate with each other. Each session typically lasts for one or two hours.

The mediator will begin by meeting with each spouse separately to get an idea of what the issues are and what each person wants to achieve. The mediator will then bring the couple together to start discussing their options. The mediator will help them identify areas of agreement and disagreement, brainstorm possible solutions, and develop a plan for how they can move forward.

The goal of mediation is for the divorcing couple to reach an agreement on all aspects of their divorce without going to court. If the couple is able to reach an agreement, the mediator will prepare a written document outlining the terms of the divorce, which can then be submitted to the court for approval. If the couple is not able to reach an agreement, they may decide to go to court and have a judge make decisions about their divorce.

Reach Out to an Attorney

If you are considering divorce, mediation is a good option to explore. It can ultimately save participants time and money, and it can also be less stressful for everyone involved. At Law Office of Alexandra White, PC, our team of attorneys can help you and your spouse achieve a more peaceful resolution to tense divorce issues.

Learn more about divorce mediation in Colorado or schedule a free consultation by calling us at (303) 647-4245 or by visiting us online.