When going through divorce, it is up to the couple to decide how they want to proceed. These days, more and more couples opt for alternative methods of divorce outside of litigation.
Mediation serves as one of the most popular alternatives. But what is it? What does a mediator actually do?
Defining divorce mediation
Mediation is an alternative divorce option that allows for a couple to work through their divorce terms together with a neutral third party, rather than taking their case to the court.
Forbes takes a look at some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of mediation in divorce. One of the major benefits is that it puts control back in the hands of the couple, who can determine their own plans for things like custody arrangements and support payments.
However, it does not work for everyone, as it requires a fairly large capacity to cooperate.
What does a mediator do?
Mediators play a particular role in mediation-based divorces. It is not their job to attempt to fix a couple’s relationship, nor is it their duty to come up with solutions for the couple.
Instead, mediators offer insight, opinions and suggestions that the couple may choose to incorporate or ignore.
They also help to prevent arguments from getting out of hand and ensure that both parties have the room to speak what they want and feel heard in return.
It is ultimately up to the couple to make all final calls on divorce terms, so it is important that they agree and have the ability to communicate maturely to go for this option.