Top 10 Reasons You Should Choose Mediation
- A Mediator is often chosen by couples who wish to maintain an amicable relationship with each other who is a neutral facilitator.
- The mediator, being completely impartial, has no professional, personal, or financial connections with the parties, their counsel, or the issues that need to be resolved.
- The cost and stress of your divorce can be significantly lowered through mediation by encouraging cooperative decision making. Resolution of a dispute through mediation in most cases will be less expensive than ordinary litigation because mediation narrows the focus of the parties to the facts at hand.
- Mediation can provide a confidential and private setting where you can decide and plan your family’s future.
- Mediation offers an alternative to traditional litigation and is a completely volunteer process.Participants have the ability to negotiate with each other in terms of alimony, and child support, and asset valuation and division.
- A mediator elicits all thoughts and concerns in a non-confrontational setting and can help level the playing field.
- Mediation allows the parties flexibility in negotiating alimony, asset evaluation and division, and child support.
- Mediation focuses on child custody issues, thereby assisting you in developing an appropriate parenting plan that will be in the best interest of the children, one that takes into consideration the children’s ages, school, activities, education, emotional and physical needs. For example, a schedule for a school aged child is going to be looked at differently than an infant.
- Parties are often in a better position to preserve existing relationships that might otherwise deteriorate under the strain of litigation, by resolving disputes quickly through mediation.
- By writing the legal divorce agreement and the court-required filings, the mediator can help consolidate expenses.
The Mediation Process Can Make Divorce Less Painful
Divorce is never easy, but there are ways to make it a little less painful for everyone involved. One way is undertaking the mediatin process. Mediation can be a great way to ease both partners through the difficult journey that signals the end of a once loving marriage.
What Exactly Are Grounds For Divorce
The state of Florida is considered a “No Fault State” – which basically means that the reason why the marriage was broken is not so much the focus, but that the fact that it is broken. Most often the reason is that the marriage is “Irretrievably Broken”. One or both of the parties can claim this, and that the relationship can no longer function as a marriage.
The other acceptable grounds is that one of the spouses has been mentally incapacitated for at least three years. This involves having psychiatrists testify that the spouse is incurable and there is no hope for recovery. Usually people tend to just assert that the marriage is irretrievably broken to avoid the process of proving mental incapacitation.
Trial Separation: The First Step To Divorce?
There is no legal separation in Florida. If you are unsure about getting officially divorced, you can try separating and ask the court to establish parental time-sharing, child support, or other temporary relief.