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Divorce mediation: what you need to know

On Behalf of | May 9, 2022 | Family Law

Divorce mediation is a method for establishing solutions for divorce-related issues such as alimony and child support. Mediation can serve as an alternative to divorce litigation in a family law court. The mediator is an unbiased third party who works to resolve issues or enforce agreements between you and your soon-to-be-ex. If you’re an Alabama resident, here are some ways mediation can help you in your divorce.

Advantages of mediation

One of the biggest benefits of divorce mediation is saving money and time. If you and your ex choose mediation, you won’t have to go through the formal process of divorce court. This minimizes your caseload and makes it possible to finalize your divorce sooner.

Mediation is also fair and unbiased for all involved parties. Your mediator does not stand to gain anything from your divorce case, and since they are objective, they can see viable solutions from a non-emotional vantage point.

Mediation is also confidential and you won’t have to worry about confidential details about your life being discussed in court. With mediation, you and your ex control the divorce process instead of a judge.

Disadvantages of divorce mediation

There are some potential drawbacks that you should be aware of when it comes to divorce mediation as well.

You won’t be able to utilize pretrial discovery if you select mediation since mediation is not a legal proceeding. This means your spouse could hide financial information and valuable assets during mediation. It may be best to hire a financial analyst to pinpoint any hidden assets before starting mediation.

Keep in mind that mediation is designed to level the playing field between spouses. This means that if one spouse is controlling or abusive, this won’t be taken into account during mediation. However, the process can help the spouse who is less likely to speak up receive the assets or financial benefits they are entitled to once the marriage has ended.