For New York residents who want to avoid the anger and bitterness that seems to accompany so many divorces, alternative dispute-resolution methods are available that can help reduce conflict and increase cooperation. Divorce mediation engages the services of a neutral third-party mediator, who helps the spouses arrive at an amicable settlement. The goal is to create enough harmony that the couple can disengage from one another without anger. The process and end result are especially helpful when a couple has minor children. Growing numbers of divorce attorneys are recommending divorce mediation because it can be faster and more cost-effective than traditional divorce.
An uncontested divorce proceeding, such as that following medication is less costly than litigation. In most cases, the rights and interests of couples in divorce mediation are still protected because the services of divorce attorneys are engaged to make sure every issue is worked through to both parties' mutual satisfaction.
In addition, because a divorcing couple has more control over scheduling appointments with a divorce mediator, rather than having to wait for a court to determine a hearing date. A mediation case often moves more rapidly, even when there are complex issues to resolve.
Perhaps, the best part of mediation is that both parties enter the process voluntarily, which means they already have some commitment to a smoother divorce and potentially an ongoing amicable relationship afterward. This is something that is important to many couples with minor children. The chances of an amicable settlement are thus greatly improved.
Although couples that are on better terms entering mediation are able to work through their issues more quickly, even couples on rocky terms can benefit. However, this is only true if they are willing to communicate with one another. But, the help of an attorney, even in the divorce mediation process, can be an invaluable asset.
Source: NYSCDM.org, "The benefits of divorce mediation," accessed on June 3, 2015