You may have wanted to file for divorce for some time, but you are putting it off because of the potential nightmare of a court battle. You and other Florida residents have other options for ending your marriage, such as mediation. An uncontested divorce – meaning a divorce that is not litigated in court – is not for everyone, but if it works for you, you might find the advantages greatly relieve some of your stress during this heart-wrenching time.
According to FindLaw, mediation is a relatively simple process involving you, your spouse and an impartial mediator, who may be an attorney who is certified in mediation. You and your spouse may also consult lawyers to protect your interests. During the mediation sessions, you will attempt to resolve your disputes with solutions you both can agree on. The mediator may also make suggestions.
The common benefits of mediation can include the following:
- Taking less time and being less costly than a litigated divorce
- Being private instead of a matter of public record
- Teaching you negotiation and communication strategies that you can use throughout your life
- Being more peaceful than going to court
- Reducing the conflict that children experience when their parents divorce
When you are deciding which divorce option to take, you will want to consider whether you and your spouse can speak to each other civilly and respectfully. You don’t have to get along, but it is necessary to have an open mind and to be able to communicate to get the most out of mediation. Since this topic requires experienced counsel, this information should not replace the advice of a lawyer.