How Mediation Reduces Stress During A Divorce

27 October 2020
 Categories: Law, Blog


One of the challenges of divorce is that it can often feel like a very confrontational and adversarial process. For example, your partner may make accusations against you, and you may find yourself in a battle over the possession of your house or the custody of your kids. However, with the help of divorce mediation, you may be able to make your divorce process less adversarial.

Those Who May Be in Attendance

Unlike with a court case, the only individuals who would be in attendance would be yourself, the mediator, and an attorney, if you so choose. Because you won't be in the same room as your spouse, the mediation process can be less stressful. 

You Won't Have to Wait as Long

Divorce mediation is less stressful because it doesn't drag as long. You can schedule a divorce mediation very soon, and you could potentially reach a divorce settlement in as little as four hours. However, the length of time also depends on:

  • Whether you have children
  • Whether a parent will be relocating
  • The assets you own
  • Whether you need spousal support
  • The grounds of the divorce

However, a divorce mediator will help you sort through all of this. Typically, divorce mediators are former judges or other legal professionals. They will usually need to complete a training program depending on the laws of your state. However, they are not allowed to administer legal advice and must remain neutral. 

Speak Your Mind

You will be able to ask any questions you want, and you will have an uninterrupted time to speak. You will be able to make your points. You can ask any questions you want about the legal system. The mediator will educate you about alternative solutions to your problems. Also, if the mediator is not able to solve your problem, they may refer you to a third-party expert.

Reduce Conflict

Divorce mediation can be much better for your children because it reduces conflict. You will be able to keep your divorce more private because everything is confidential and will not be a part of the public record. The goal of the mediator is to reduce conflict by encouraging cooperation. You will be given options that are not available if you had chosen to instead take your spouse to court. However, if mediation doesn't work, you can always choose to later take your case to court if cooperation doesn't work.