Divorce is not necessarily a straightforward process. In fact, there are many options for couples who are contemplating ending their marriage. What comes to mind at first for many individuals may be taking your case straight to court, as it can seem as though most divorces will take the contentious route. However, this is not really the case and many couples decide that other, more negotiation-based or collaborative methods are right for their divorce. Why is that? Michelle Purvis Law can give you the answers.
Medation, Briefly Explained
Mediation is an approach to reaching a divorce resolution. It involves having a neutral third party come in and helping the couple negotiate the terms of their agreement. This individual is not their attorney, but an outside individual known as the mediator.
While the mediator will help the couple compromise and communicate, it is still important to have an attorney throughout the process. They will be able to assist you in preparing for your mediation sessions, giving you insight as to what potential outcomes may be. Michelle Purvis Law is here to listen to the details of your case, and can help you decide if mediation is a plausible solution for your divorce.
Why Would I Choose Mediation?
If you are preparing for your divorce and still need to determine the best approach, mediation could be an option for you. If you are wondering why you would go with this method of negotiation, consider the following benefits:
Discussions Remain Private
If you are in a high-asset or complex divorce, it is likely that you will have extensive conversations about the terms of your separation. If this is done in court, all of the details will be recorded in the public record. While some individuals may not mind this, mediation does allow you to come to an agreement in a private setting without being recorded. You will be able to speak on sensitive issues without worrying about what other people may see, read, or hear.
You Have A Say In Outcomes
Let’s say that you and your spouse shared multiple assets or had children together. In these situations, you will need to compromise and negotiate on the best arrangement. If your case is taken to court, the final say is left up to the judge. You may not necessarily leave happy with the court's decisions. In mediation, you will have the ability to directly state what you believe to be the best resolution. The mediator will help you and your spouse compromise on a solution that works for everyone that is involved.
Reduces Your Stress
In a divorce, you will inevitably have to spend money. Depending on what approach you choose, you may spend more money than you intend as a result of increased attorney’s fees, consultation fees, and the length of your divorce process. This financial burden is enough to cause stress for anyone. Furthermore, ending a marriage is an already stressful enough situation. With these stressors combined, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and at a loss. Mediation can help reduce these stressors, by saving money due to avoiding court fees and having a more relaxed approach.
Finding An Attorney That Understands
As mentioned previously, mediators are not your attorney. You will still need legal guidance to help you articulate your needs in mediation sessions. Michelle Purvis sees the value in mediation and can help you get ready for negotiation sessions. Retaining an attorney should be the first step in your list of preparation, as she can also help you determine if mediation is the right option for you and your case. Michelle Purvis Law is ready to listen to all of the details of your situation.
Call Michelle today at (817) 809-8199 to speak with her about your concerns regarding mediation and divorce.