While it may seem counter-intuitive, turning your separation into a collaborative experience can be one of the best ways to make your divorce less stressful. However, being able to talk about the issues you're facing in a civil manner is crucial, and many people wonder how they will be able to do this successfully when there were communication issues in the marriage.
One of the main benefits of mediation is that you still have knowledgeable legal representation to help you through the process. This makes mediation much different from the one-on-one conversations you and your ex may have attempted on your own. Having lawyers present often makes both parties behave more professionally and be willing to attempt to work out an agreement that is acceptable to both sides.
However, it's important to understand that the lawyers for either side will still be attempting to get their clients the best deal possible. This is why it is crucial to have your own representation and why a mediator is used. A mediator is a third party who does not have any affiliation with either person in the divorce. The mediator's job is to keep the discussion on topic and moving toward a resolution.
In some cases, couples attempt mediation but it doesn't work out. A divorce is a time of intense emotions, and these can often infiltrate mediation attempts and derail the discussions. In these situations, the case may have to be moved to the family court so that a judge can make decisions the unresolved issues. At Reisinger, Booth & Associates, our attorneys are prepared to take your case to trial and fight for your best interests.