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Is Mediation the Right Option for Your Divorce?

Posted on in Mediation and Collaborative Law

Naperville divorce attorneyDivorce is almost always a complex process, but not every couple wishes to spend their days feuding. Some simply know that divorce is the right step to make and, in order to preserve the memory of their marriage, or to give one another the chance to start anew, they desire a way to complete the process as quickly and as amicably as possible. For these couples, divorce mediation may be a viable option. But is it really right for your divorce? The following points may help you decide.

Why Choose Mediation?

Before determining if mediation is right for your divorce, it is first important to understand what mediation is, and what it is not. Often less expensive and time-intensive than traditional divorce, mediation allows couples to dissolve their marriage in a more peaceable manner. You do not lose your voice, or your decision-making power in this process. In fact, if anything, mediation usually encourages quite the opposite. You and your soon-to-be ex-spouse must be willing to communicate in an effective manner, one that allows you to make equitable divorce decisions. Mediators, who remain an impartial party in the process, can help you consider and understand the factors in your divorce, as well as how the decisions you make may affect your family's life in the future. However, it is up to you and your ex to make the final call in your divorce.

Not Much to Fight About

If you had very few assets in your marriage and no children, then you probably do not have much to fight over. This could potentially make the process easier to settle. But there is still complex paperwork to fill out, and possibly debts to divide. Furthermore, the divorce process can be both mentally and emotionally draining, as well as highly complex - even in a divorce where there is little to argue about. In such an instance, mediation may be the most appropriate approach. However, even those with few assets and no children may find that mediation is not the right option for their divorce. For example, mediation may not be suitable for those who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse in their marriage.

Peaceful Divorce and/or Parents

You do not have to lack assets and children to go through mediation. In fact, many couples divide assets or determine allocation of parental responsibilities (formerly known as child custody) through mediation, and do so successfully. As long as both parties are willing to communicate and try to agree on the details of their divorce, mediation can and may be successful. Therapy or other interventions may also be used in conjunction with mediation to try and improve the final outcome. Discretion is, of course, up to you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse.

Skilled Naperville, IL Collaborative Law Attorneys

At Pesce Law Group, P.C., we recognize that no two divorces are ever the same, and we respect your desire to peaceably dissolve your marriage. Dedicated to helping your family resolve all issues relative to your divorce, we offer comprehensive and compassionate mediation and collaborative law to clients in Naperville, Oak Brook, Lake Forest, and the surrounding areas. Schedule a free initial consultation with our Naperville divorce mediation attorneys to learn more. Call us at 630-352-2240 today.


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