A mediated divorce presents a strong and valid option for couples who want to maintain control over their lives and decisions and overcome much of the anger and resentment that comes with divorce. However, for some couples, mediation alone is not possible. There is too much emotion in the way. For such couples, a combination of arbitration and mediation can be an alternate approach. Here is a look at how and when divorce mediation/arbitration can help you get through your separation.
The Mediation Process
The first step in any divorce that wishes to avoid court adjudication should be mediation. The idea behind a mediated divorce is to help the couple get through their anger and conflict, and work out their differences as a team. It can not only allow you to make the best decisions for your family, but can help overcome bitterness and resentment and sometimes salvage a degree of respect between you.
Sometimes, however, the anger and blame are just too great, and you need something more formal to work out your differences. In such cases, arbitration may be the next step.
Arbitration is somewhat more adversarial than mediation, but still avoids the kind of bitter battles that often erupt through a court-adjudicated divorce. It is less formal than a court divorce and is conducted in a conference room using a neutral third-party arbitrator.
Decisions issued by the arbitrator are legally binding but can be reviewed and revised over time. This is especially true in cases of child support and child custody. As parents situations and circumstances change, the need for shared custody and support may also change.
Advantages of Arbitration
One advantage to arbitrated divorce is that it maintains an informal sense about it, leading to couples feeling they got a better, more fair shake in general out of the procedure. This means that even though the process is more adversarial than mediation, couples are more likely to accept and abide by the terms delivered than many are through court-adjudicated divorces.
In addition, the arbitration process is much faster than a court divorce, and maintains the couple’s privacy. A court divorce is a matter of public record and all kinds of dirty laundry and secrets can be aired to the public. This is not a concern with arbitration, where your secrets remain yours. Arbitration also saves money, being less expensive than a court case, and allows you to take exactly the time you need to resolve your differences to your satisfaction.
Calgary Divorce Mediation
If you are facing divorce and looking for a means by which you can resolve your split without the interference of the courts, a professional divorce mediator and arbitrator can make all the difference in the world. At Jones Divorce Mediation Inc., we have decades of combined experience and expertise in the field of family dispute resolution. For more information, answers to any questions you might have or a free consultation, feel free to read a bit more about the mediation and arbitration process, and get in touch with us today.
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