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What are the benefits of divorce mediation?

Many New York residents may agree that divorce raises a lot of negative emotions, such as anger, frustration and desperation. However, a lot of this negativity can be filtered out if the spouses behave cordially to each other. For many New York couples, divorce mediation has turned out to be a feasible option. What is divorce mediation and what are its benefits?

Divorce mediation plans out the divorce process in an amicable manner. This can be a feasible resolution for couples who want to divorce and domestic partners who want to go their separate ways. Divorce mediation has certain benefits. A couple can use the help of a divorce mediator in order to come up with a settlement that is custom-made for them. More and more couples are exploring divorce mediation, since they feel that it helps their family through a difficult time.

Divorce mediation benefits families in several ways. First, the process is not expensive; rather, it is quite affordable. Second, divorce mediation is faster than litigation. Since the process encourages the couples to participate, it avoids a war of words and the cooperative spirit makes things easier for both parties. It also allows a couple to have more control over the process.

In any divorce, the children are usually affected the most. As parents engage in battles relating to the children and property division, their children often become troubled and may feel insecure. They often wonder who will get custody of them and who will pay child support. Divorce mediation is far more protective of children. For couples who do not see eye to eye, divorce mediation does have its advantages.

Source: New York State Council on Divorce Mediation, "Divorce Mediation," accessed April 13, 2015

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