Love is a beautiful thing. But if love has left your marriage, and your differences are irreparable, you may find yourselves talking about divorce. And as you can imagine, this is a taxing process – both financially and emotionally.
If you are going through a divorce, one of the options you may consider is mediation. Basically, this is the process of settling various aspects of the divorce like property division, child custody and spousal support among others out of the courtroom with the help of each party’s legal counsels, mediation and finance experts. While mediation saves time and money, it may not work for everyone. So how do you know divorce mediation is right for you?
Here are two questions that can help you determine if divorce mediation will work for you:
Are you willing to work together for the common good?
Divorce mediation is all about teamwork. In other words, you and your spouse must be ready to cooperate with your teams to reach amicable settlements. For this to happen, there must be mutual respect. You need to speak respectfully and cordially to your spouse. Most importantly, you need to keep your emotions out of the way.
Do you trust your spouse?
Trust is an important part of being able to mediate your divorce successfully. Can you trust your spouse to be forthright about their divorce goals or are they the kind of a person who would lie or blackmail you to avoid responsibilities? Do you trust that your spouse will not change their mind when you present the mediated settlement before the judge for adoption? If you have reason to believe your spouse is manipulative, hiding marital assets or is a narcissist, then mediation may not work for you.
Divorce mediation offers a range of benefits. Unfortunately, it is not for everyone. Acquainting yourself with Florida divorce laws can help you safeguard your rights and interests when mediating your divorce.