Couples who are going through a divorce sometimes wish to do so outside of the courtroom to avoid litigation. Alternative methods are not possible for all couples to participate in, however, they can work well for others. Reaching an agreement on the terms of divorce allows couples the opportunity to determine these arrangements without the assistance of a judge. One common alternative method of divorce is mediation.
Mediation lets spouses work together to negotiate the terms of their divorce. This process exists with the help of a third party instead of a judge in a courtroom. This third party does not make decisions for the couple as judges do during litigation. Instead, they remain unbiased and help mediate any disagreements that may arise during the process. This allows the couple to reach agreements that work best for their personal situation. During mediation, spouses discuss the marital issues they have yet to resolve. This may include child custody, child support, the division of assets, and alimony.
When participating in mediation, there are certain benefits that are not available to spouses during a litigated divorce. Spouses often feel better about settling their divorce through healthy discussions amongst themselves. The benefits of divorce through mediation may include:
If you are going through a divorce and wish to speak with an attorney about your division of assets, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger today.
Leslye M. Schlesinger serves Rockland and Westchester County with compassion and integrity. With over 30 years of experience guiding clients through matrimony law, she now focuses on helping clients avoid litigation through alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative divorce and mediation. If you need an effective and committed attorney, contact Leslye M. Schlesinger for a consultation.