Mediation: A more peaceful way to end a marriage

On behalf of North Tampa Legal Group on Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Like other methods of alternative dispute resolution, mediation offers Florida couples an opportunity to resolve their divorce-related disputes without the need for litigation. If you are considering moving forward with the process of ending your marriage, you may want to think about this specific option. This provides many couples considering divorce with a more peaceful, cooperative way to end their marriage.

Divorce is difficult and emotionally challenging, no matter what path you take. However, there are specific options that may make this process a bit easier for all parties involved. With the assistance of a neutral third-party, you and your soon-to-ex-spouse can address your concerns, problem solve together and reach a final divorce order that will provide peace and stability for years to come.

What happens in mediation?

Through the mediation process, you and your spouse will sit down together to work through remaining issues and draft a divorce order. A mediator will assist in this process, and his or her role will be to spur on conversations, offer suggestions and diffuse any disagreements. With the help of the mediator, you may be surprised at how easily you and your spouse are able to effectively address even the most complex divorce issues. The mediator will also do the following:

  • Ask questions of both parties
  • Request that a person state something again or rephrase for better understanding
  • Provide pertinent information about the legal system
  • Offer solutions or alternative solutions

The role of the mediator is crucial. He or she has no vested interest in the outcome of your case. The main priority will be to settle remaining disagreements and construct a post-divorce future that is reasonable and sustainable for each member of the family.

One of the main benefits of choosing mediation for a divorce is that it allows both parties to have more control over the final outcome. This process may take less time, therefore costing less than other types of divorce. It may also be less stressful.

Learn about your divorce options

One of the most important steps you can take before moving forward with choices that could affect your future is to understand all of the options available to you. If you think mediation would be appropriate and beneficial — or simply need more information before making a decision — it’s a good idea to speak with a legal professional or attorney who has specific experience handling divorce mediation so he or she can evaluate your case and explain the benefits of mediation for your specific situation.