In many cases, the reasons for Arizona couples to consider divorce involve some level of conflict or contention. Some couples may remain in unhappy unions because of the high financial costs associated with litigation. Couples may not realize that there are alternative methods — such as mediation — to get divorced without breaking the bank, and, as a bonus, they will have the opportunity to be part of the decision-making process when drafting a divorce agreement.
Divorce mediation is one of the resources of many experienced divorce attorneys. Professional mediators facilitate negotiations between the spouses. Mediators create platforms that encourage spouses to communicate and compromise when necessary. This process allows couples to feel empowered by having a say in the decisions that will impact their post-divorce lives and often leads to resolutions that may avoid the need for expensive and traumatic litigation.
Mediators do not address the legalities of divorce cases, and each spouse must have his or her legal representative present. In addition to their valuable contribution to negotiations, the lawyers will prepare legal documents according to the mutually agreed-upon decisions of the spouses. Subjects to negotiate may include how assets will be divided, child custody and alimony matters, parenting and visitation schedules, and more.
In a case in which the divorce agreement involves complex property division and business assets, professionals such as financial advisors, tax advisors and property evaluators may provide advice during mediation. Arizona couples may find comfort in knowing that mediation, supported by the legal knowledge of experienced divorce attorneys, may lessen the trauma often experienced by parents and children in litigated divorces. However, litigation may be the only solution for highly contentious divorces in which mutual negotiations may not be a viable option.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, “Mediation is another tool in parting ways“, Edward M. Krauss, Accessed on June 2, 2015