The Basics of Divorce Mediation | Divorce Strategies Northwest

Using Mediation for divorce allows couples to settle their differences and avoid expensive, protracted litigation in family court.

Mediation is one of the healthiest ways to negotiate a divorce settlement. In divorce mediation, you and your spouse work with a neutral third party to discuss and resolve the pending issues in your divorce. Your mediator will not make decisions for you but serves as a facilitator to help you and your spouse determine what’s best.

Mediation gives you and your spouse the opportunity to build your communication skills, no matter the cause of the relationship’s demise.

Anyone facing divorce should consider mediation, which can work for almost all couples and has a long list of benefits.

  • Mediation is far less-expensive than a court trial and/or a series of hearings.
  • Most mediations end in a settlement which resolves all the issues in your divorce.
  • Mediation is confidential, with no public record of your discussions and/or settlement details.
  • Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your personal ideas of what is fair in your situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you based on impersonal legal principles.
  • You can still hire an attorney for legal advice if you wish.
  • You and your spouse — not attorneys nor family court — control the pace and outcome of the mediation process.
  • The process of mediation can improve communication and unresolved issues between you and your spouse, helping you to avoid future conflicts.

Mediation is less stressful and far less-expensive than engaging attorneys in divorce, and the process is typically much faster. Mediation also allows couples to maintain the power and control in their divorce, instead of involving family court in matters regarding you and your family. Mediation allows couples to maintain privacy and control; litigation creates public records and requires court mandates.

Divorce mediation may:

  • Result in a better long-term relationship with your spouse, having avoided the ugliness of litigation and/or “fighting” in court.
  • Be easier on children, as the divorce proceedings will most often be more peaceful.
  • Expedite an agreement(s).
  • Reduce expenses on all aspects of the process.
  • Help you stay in control of your divorce because you are making the decisions (not the court).
  • Allow for more discretion— mediation is private; litigated divorce is public.

With our team’s support, even the most communication-challenged, contentious couples can succeed in mediation.

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