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Resolving your divorce with mediation

After more than 20 years of marriage, you and your husband have decided to divorce. You are both in agreement that you should terminate the marriage and there is only limited conflict concerning the division of property and custody of your two teenage children.

Since the two of you agree on most points, you want to avoid a court battle that may further deteriorate your relationship. A popular option that many divorcing couples have begun to use is mediation. This process allows you to sit down with a neutral third party to resolve the details of you divorce and custody agreement before having it approved and finalized by the Florida court.

While this process usually helps couples avoid lengthy litigation, it is still important that you understand your rights and options including the following:

Provides control and flexibility

Mediation allows you to choose the topics that you want to tackle. This gives you the final decision regarding your divorce settlement instead of letting the court decide the terms.

Saves time

In general, mediation provides a faster resolution than going through the divorce court. This route lets you resolve the issues without waiting for a court date weeks or months away. Instead of waiting for each of your divorce attorneys to schedule appointments with the judge, you can come to an agreement with your spouse after just a few sessions with an experienced, certified mediator.

Limits conflict

A custody trial can create more conflict between you, your spouse, and your children. Mediation allows you and your husband to come to a custody and time-sharing agreement without family welfare professionals interviewing and observing your children. The more conflict your children are exposed to, the more stress and confusion they may experience.

Allows for greater stability

A successful mediation process can result in better post-divorce stability between you and your future ex-husband. Since your children will forever the link you, it is important to maintain a relationship that lacks animosity. For the next several years, the two of you will have to co-parent. This requires you to be able to effectively communicate and compromise without negative emotions overwhelming one or both of you.

Divorce does not always have to be an ugly court battle. Mediation can help you avoid an emotionally charged litigation process. A Pembroke Pines divorce attorney can offer helpful guidance and ensure that your interests are protected.