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Considering the benefits of divorce mediation

Much like it takes two people to get married, it takes two people to get divorces; however, couples are often more reluctant to cooperate with the dissolution process. Even if you are the spouse that decided to initiate the divorce, it is not an easy time to go through. Nonetheless, some divorcing couples in New Mexico and elsewhere seek to work together to help progress the process and avoid the high costs associated with litigation.

Divorce mediation is a frequently sought out divorce alternative because it allows the divorcing couple to resolve their divorce issues, timely address any disputes and avoid the costs often attached to divorce litigation. In fact, some couples are able to work through all their divorce issues to only set foot in a courtroom to physically receive their divorce decree.

The mediation process provides several benefits, and arguably, the best benefits are the creative options it affords divorcing couples. For the most part, all options are on the table, and through the help of a mediator, couples explore their needs and desires in order to reach a final settlement. Moreover, the mediation process frees the spouses from the approaches couples are often bound to by the courts. These limitations are not present in mediation, and divorcing spouses have the flexibility to meet their needs.

Ideally, the goal of mediation is to reach an amicable resolution that is tailor-made to the needs of the couple and any children involved. Additionally, any and all communications and decisions reached in the mediation process are confidential, and for those seeking to protect their privacy, this is an added benefit of this process.

Those who engage in the mediation process often initiate this divorce alternative because the couple seeks to work collaboratively and have the ability to communicate effectively. However, that is not necessary to enter this process. Additionally, if the mediation process does not appear to be working or progressing, spouses might have to consider litigation or other alternative methods. In order to best meet the needs of all parties involved, it is important that spouses are aware of their rights and options.

Source:, "Divorce mediation: A useful alternative to traditional litigation," David A. Beaver, Sept. 16, 2015

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