For many people, the word "divorce" conjures up a stressful — even nightmarish — scenario where spouses battle it out in court and attempt to destroy each other's character and credibility. But it doesn't have to happen to you, and one of the ways that you and your spouse can survive the experience and preserve your finances, self-respect and relationships is through a consensual dispute resolution (CDR) known as divorce mediation.
And speaking of jurisdictions: different jurisdictions impose various rules and procedures for divorce mediation. In fact, some jurisdictions make it mandatory for spouses to learn about divorce mediation upon filing for divorce, in the hopes that they'll amicably settle their differences outside of court.
It's beyond the scope of this article to itemize all of the different rules and regulations in each jurisdiction. Suffice to say that divorce mediation is an approach that some couples have relied upon to make their divorce journey relatively smooth and even — believe it or not — peaceful and productive.
Some of the broad benefits of divorce mediation have already been mentioned — including the most important of them all: it's not court!
There are many other key benefits that are worth highlighting; especially in light of what's at stake during divorce, and how quickly things can unravel and become nasty (or worse). These key benefits include:
Divorce mediation is not for everyone, or every divorce situation. And while there's no hard-and-fast set of rules or consistent "checklist" to tell you if divorce mediation is a viable option for you, here are some situations when divorce mediation will work best:
If you believe that divorce mediation could be an option for you and your spouse, here are your next steps:
Josh D. Simon is a contributing writer for Divorce Magazine.Back To Top