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Can a mediated divorce be less stressful?

On Behalf of | May 23, 2022 | Family Law |

Traditionally, divorce has been viewed as an adversarial process, where one spouse walks away a winner while the other is left to pick up the pieces. Nowadays, separating couples are starting to realize that this is not really how it works. There are no winners in a highly-contentious divorce.

For this reason, divorce mediation is becoming far more popular. During mediation, a neutral third party will attempt to broker positive and constructive discussions between spouses. They are not there to take sides, but instead, seek to find workable and fair solutions for all parties. This can significantly reduce the stress of a divorce. Outlined below are some examples of why this is the case.

Maintaining your privacy

Divorce procedures often become a matter of public record. Individuals may be able to find out what went wrong in your marriage and who walked away with which assets. Mediation is a far more private process. All discussions and negotiations remain confidential between each spouse and their designated support network.

Increased flexibility

The family courts in New Jersey are commonly backed up. This means that they can only be so flexible in terms of granting postponements and rescheduling hearings. In short, if you are told to attend, then you will probably have to. Mediation doesn’t work this way. It tends to be a lot more flexible so you can fit meetings in around your work and personal life.

Reduced conflict

The ultimate aim of the mediation process is to reach equitable agreements. Nobody should be left behind and the aims of both parties will be considered carefully, for the purpose of obtaining compromise over sensitive issues.

Divorce doesn’t have to be heavily litigated, and mediation offers one way to prevent this. While you’re considering your options, make sure you have a firm grasp of your legal rights.

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