A mediated divorce involves the use a neutral third-party mediator to help both parties resolve the issues associated with their divorce.
The role of the mediator is not to make decisions regarding the divorce but to help the parties respectfully collaborate with each other to reach mutually agreeable solutions. The mediated divorce process can also include the use of additional professionals (e.g. divorce coach, financial specialist, attorney, etc.) to help define options and provide information to support the decision-making process.
Mediated divorce allows the parties to maintain control of the decisions involved with a divorce settlement as opposed to having those decisions dictated by the court.
Other benefits of a mediated divorce include the following:
- Allows the parties to maintain control of the divorce settlement in terms of both the process and the outcome
- Promotes a collaborative decision-making process, which can benefit post-divorce interactions
- Maintains the privacy of the parties as everything but the final decree occurs outside of the courtroom
- Reduces the cost of the divorce process compared to litigation
As a divorce coach, I co-mediate with an attorney or financial neutral. As a team, we provide our clients with the insight and expertise from our legal and psychological backgrounds to promote a respectful, collaborative and productive mediated divorce process. Our goal is to work with clients to create divorce settlements that are mutually acceptable and support the long-term well-being of both parties and their children.