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Almost every divorce is financially and emotionally draining. Both spouses and family members feel the consequences of separation. Children are especially vulnerable.
In divorce as a legal process, spouses are faced with many challenges. The crucial decisions include:
Resolving any of those issues can be burdensome and emotionally taxing. From a psychological point of view, divorce is full of emotions such as anger, anxiety, fear, sadness, shock, bitterness, and resentment.
These emotions intensify when spouses decide to end their marriage through the court litigation procedure.
Divorce mediation provides many advantages that traditional litigation lacks.
There are steps spouses can take to prepare themselves for the disruption of the family unit.
Unlike litigation, mediation involves a neutral third party – the mediator. The goal of mediation is to facilitate conversations and reach an outcome that is acceptable to both parties. The mediator enables the spouses to express their concerns freely and openly. Mediation allows the parents to maximize their participation in the process and in the creation of a plan.
In contrast to litigation, mediation occurs in a friendly and respectful atmosphere. Holding the sessions in a positive and stress-free environment reduces anxiety and tensions. The spouses can focus on vital divorce issues, such as custody, alimony, and property division.
In litigation, spouses spend too much time and energy fighting over the costs and legal fees. Mediation avoids creating such a hostile atmosphere by reducing legal fees and expenses, which allows the couple to focus on substantial issues in the divorce.
Creating a safe and neutral environment enables the spouses to express their emotions freely and allows them to let off steam. After the initial emotional exchange, the spouses can discuss central issues rationally and free from the influence of emotions.
Contrary to the vindictive nature of litigation, mediation enables the couple to discuss the issues in an objective and constructive manner. While neither party may be completely happy with the resulting agreement, both parties will have the opportunity to participate and understand why decisions were made, with the limitations that are in place.
Mediation provides each spouse with the opportunity to recognize their self-interest and negotiate the outcome accordingly. That gives both of them a feeling of empowerment. In litigation, the parties often feel like victims of a burdensome legal procedure. Contrarily, mediation creates a sense of control and emotional strength.
Kim Torres is a Florida Supreme court certified mediator with a record of over 25 years of success in divorce mediation. Kim is known for her compassion, patience and persistence, while applying a dose of reality and creativity in resolving disputes.
If you aim is to divorce with as little stress as possible, while creating an optimistic outlook for your future family relationships, contact us today to schedule your appointment. Kim@TorresMediation.com.