What is divorce mediation?
Mediation is a process of dispute resolution in which parties to a conflict agree to work with an impartial third party called the mediator. Divorce Mediation is a type of despite resolution where a mediator assists a divorcing couple in coming to an agreement on issues or matters related to their divorce. The mediator assists the parties in reaching a mutually agreeable resolution by coaching them on the essential tools for a successful mediation, guiding them through the mediation process, providing general information, and facilitating a meaningful discussion and analysis of the issues.
How long does mediation take?
The processes provided by Jones Divorce Mediation Inc. can take anywhere from several hours to several weeks. A matter that takes a few months is possible, but that would be considered very long.
The length of the process varies depending on the number of issues requiring resolution, the complexity of those issues, the degree of amicability, the level of entrenchment in positions at the commencement of mediation, the timing of mediation (eg. over Christmas, Spring Break or Summer vacations), and whether experts are required.
What are the advantages of mediation for my divorce?
There are several advantages of mediation over traditional litigation when dealing with matters of divorce. Length of time can certainly be considered one of the advantages of mediation when working through your separation or divorce. Control, affordability, confidentiality, and personal attention are other strong advantages of mediation when compared to traditional litigation. See our post on the advantages of divorce mediation here.