When Mediation Is The Best Option
Not every divorce requires litigation. For some couples who want to work together and who do not have a history of manipulation or abuse, mediation can offer proven advantages.
At Beckman Schmalzle Georgelas & Ross, PLC, we know that divorce is not a “one-size-fits-all” process. That is why we offer options. While many couples require litigation because of the dynamics of their relationship, some couples can benefit from alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Mediation is one type of ADR.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a voluntary process where you and your spouse or domestic partner agree to work with a trained divorce mediator (typically a family law attorney). With the guidance of the mediator, you reach a separation or divorce agreement that is tailored to your needs and goals. The mediator acts as a neutral third party to resolve the issues and facilitate the process.
Seven Benefits Of Divorce Mediation
There are definite benefits to choosing to go the mediation route. Here are seven of the most common benefits:
- It is private. Unlike a court trial, mediation does not involve public transcripts or records of the process.
- It is flexible. Unlike traditional litigation, both parties can work together to set times to meet. You and your partner, with the help of a mediator, can also decide how to split assets and figure out child custody and parenting times.
- It is typically faster than the court process. Many divorces are resolved in between four and 10 sessions.
- It costs less than traditional divorce litigation. Mediation costs a fraction of what a trial costs.
- Because the process is private, flexible and costs less, people find it to be less stressful.
- Mediation tends to be childcentric. When children’s needs are acknowledged and met, they tend to be less stressed. When children see the parents working together to resolve the issues, it can be soothing and help ease the anxiety of what the new normal will look like.
- Couples report being more satisfied with the overall process. They stated that they felt heard and empowered during the process.
Mediation helps you set the stage for the next phase of your relationship with your ex and your children. It works to preserve relationships and build a foundation for future communication. Many participants felt they received the closure they needed by going through mediation.
Work With A Qualified Mediator
Get the resolution you need in a process that has proven advantages and benefits. We can help. Call 703-659-6875 to get started. You can also reach out to us via our website’s contact email. We serve the mediation needs of all of Loudoun County and the surrounding communities.