What to Know About Divorce Mediation
There are some things you should expect when deciding to go through mediation. Divorce mediation is better than going to court if all parties involved are willing to cooperate and compromise to create lasting decisions for the future. Most people think, “I’m willing to cooperate and compromise, but my spouse won’t,”: but a skilled mediator can help both parties see the advantages of cooperation and compromise. We know that your decisions are important to you, and a mediator is someone willing to work with both parties to develop amicable solutions that best serve everyone involved.
Family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and other issues can be complicated to resolve. Everyone has their own agendas and often conflicting sets of ‘best interests.’ Creating effective resolutions can often be best achieved by finding common ground rather than fighting each other. Of course, that’s not always easy for a divorcing couple to do without a skilled individual managing the conversation. Working with someone experienced in divorce mediation can help you create the most immediate path to ensuring a resolution.
Is there a right time to utilize divorce mediation? There is certainly no wrong time. Mediation can be used at any point during the divorce process. Each case is different, and it’s challenging to predict the perfect timing to use mediation for your case. But if a couple is willing to try mediation, an experienced mediator can usually bring parties to an agreement. You can expect that divorce mediation will cost less and save you time instead of a traditional divorce, as well as keeping the decision-making power in your hands rather than ceding that power to a judge. Reducing stress is another key advantage of mediation. An experienced mediator can help you create the most direct path to securing the resolution you need to all types of family law matters, including:
· Child custody
· Child support
· Spousal support
· Division of property
I began performing divorce and family law mediation years ago when it was a rarity, and few were doing it. I have taken and presented many advanced mediation training courses and have earned the respect of the courts and the legal community for my efforts to use mediation to help people. I am proud of my leadership role in bringing mediation benefits to people in Missouri and Kansas. If you are in the Kansas City area and believe divorce mediation is the best option for you and your family, contact me, Hugh O’Donnell, today to schedule a consultation at (816) 533-5152.