The process of divorce can be traumatic and stressful for everyone involved, often bringing out the worst in each party. This is particularly true when children are involved. Between conflicts over custody, visitation, the division of assets, and any other factors that may have precipitated the divorce in the first place, it’s a breeding ground for animosity and conflict. These things can lengthen and complicate the legal process of divorce.
Divorces can, however, go smoothly. Collaborative law is a newer strategy used to assist in ensuring a clean divorce, but mediation is a more common strategy. In mediation, a trained, neutral third party is present to assist the divorcing couple in coming to agreements over issues that they are having difficulty resolving. The mediator focuses on finding solutions that best serve the interests of both parties through several sessions, where all three parties will meet and discuss areas of importance.
There are several benefits to mediation. The first is that it can facilitate a more peaceful, amicable divorce. The second is that mediation can provide a way for any disagreements in the divorce to be settled out of court, keeping the proceedings completely private. The third is that, in many instances, mediation can be cheaper than litigation costs.
Of course, mediation isn’t always the right option and isn’t always effective. In some instances, collaborative law is a better option. In others, there isn’t any chance of cooperation. A skilled lawyer can help you decide which option is best for you.
At the Law Offices of Glenn R. Wilson (FamilyLawFresno.com) we are experienced in mediating cases and can provide exceptional legal assistance in mediating your matter.
By Connor Douglas Johnson