Many couples headed for divorce do not look forward to a lengthy and often contentious court proceeding. Are you and your spouse among them?

Mediation is an alternative to litigation and may be the best way to dissolve your marriage.

Effective communication

If you and your soon-to-be-ex can work with each other in a civil fashion, you would likely be good candidates for mediation. The two of you would meet with an experienced mediator with keeping the discussion on track, assisting in overcoming conflicts that arise and providing access to any legal information needed.

Less emotional toll

There is less animosity and emotional fallout with mediation than there is with litigation. Studies also show the effects of mediation are much less stressful for children to deal with than the aftermath of a contentious divorce.

Shorter, more economical process

Traditional divorce proceedings can take months, even years, depending on the complexity surrounding property division as well as matters related to child custody and spousal support. A mediator can help a couple create an agreement much faster and with less expense involved. The divorce could be final in as little as 90 days.

Inappropriate method for some

Mediation is not recommended for couples who simply cannot agree. That does not mean the parties have to like each other, but they must commit to the effort of working out a satisfactory divorce agreement, which will involve compromise. Mediation is also not suitable for couples who have a history of drug addiction or of physical or emotional abuse during the marriage.

A smoother road ahead

Although divorce breaks up the family unit, interaction among family members will continue. Parents remain responsible for raising their children, and children want to continue having a strong bond with both parents. Mediation can set the stage for ongoing communication, even years into the future, which benefits both the ex-spouses and their children.