Mediation may ease the stress of divorce for Missouri couples

Mediation may ease the stress of divorce for Missouri couples

Divorce mediation has a number of benefits, which may help to reduce the stress and conflict many families experience during the divorce process.

Often, people in Jefferson City, and throughout Missouri, experience a wide range of emotions at the end of a marriage. This can create issues in reaching settlements, which may lead to contentious divorces. Particularly when there are children involved, heated divorce battles can have a profound impact on families, and their futures. As a result, many couples are opting to use mediation. This process can have a number of benefits, which may help to ease the stress and conflict of the divorce process.

What is divorce mediation?

In general, mediation is a type of family law conflict resolution that may serve as an alternative to traditional divorce proceedings. Through this process, a third party mediator helps divorcing couples to reach agreements regarding various divorce issues. This may include such issues as property division, child custody and support, and spousal support. Mediators do not have the ability to impose any judgments of their own on the issues at hand, according to the Missouri Supreme Court Rules.

More cost-effective

One of the most significant benefits of meditation is that it tends to be a more cost-effective option than divorce proceedings through the courts. Rather than having multiple attorneys involved, there is only one mediator, which reduces the associated fees. According to the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association, the cost of divorce litigation tends to be 40 to 60 percent higher than mediation costs.

Less adversarial process

In the traditional divorce process, it can often seem that each spouse and his or her attorney are going up against the other spouse. In mediation, the mediator remains neutral and helps to facilitate communication and cooperative problem solving between the spouses. In this way, the needs of everyone involved can be met with less conflict. Furthermore, this process is generally less likely to create a feeling that one side has one, while the other has lost.

More control

Many people choose divorce mediation because it allows them more control over the process. In a traditional divorce, the decision on all related issues lies with the court. Through mediation, on the other hand, people are able to decide for themselves what issues need to be settled, and how they want to settle them. This enables divorcing spouses to reach agreements that will work best for them, and their families.

Less upsetting for children

The traditional divorce process can be traumatic for children and difficult for them to understand. They are often interviewed by multiple experts and may even have to appear in court. This can make them feel as though they are caught in between feuding parents. Mediation, however, allows the focus to remain on the child’s needs, and avoids exposing them to the conflict and stress of the courtroom.

Seek guidance from a legal professional

The idea of going through the court process for divorce can seem daunting and intimidating to many Missouri couples. Through mediation, they can reach agreements in a way that may be less stressful and upsetting for the family as a whole. People who are considering divorce may wish to discuss with an attorney whether mediation might be the right option for them.

Keywords: divorce, mediation, litigation

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