How to Determine if Mediation is Best for Your Divorce

Mediation is an increasingly used method of divorce that allows couples to work together to arrive at a mutual agreement on how to settle issues related to their divorce. In mediation, you typically work with one legal professional, who guides your decisions and turns agreements into a binding settlement.

When mediation may be beneficial

Mediation can be a positive, constructive experience for couples that are looking to maintain — or even strengthen — communication for the sake of their post-divorce relationship. Spouses who have children may wish to work together in such a way to better their communication for the sake co-parenting their child.

Also, mediation offers more control for the couple to be involved in all decisions leading to their settlement. Spouses may even bring mental health professionals, accountants and other advisors into their mediation sessions to help guide conversations and determine the best possible outcome.

Mediation is a quick and relatively inexpensive way to handle a divorce. For a couple that believes they can reach the best result for their family by working together, mediation may be an ideal way to swiftly arrive at resolution.

When mediation may be detrimental

Conversely, mediation may not be appropriate for some couples that seek divorce. For instance, if one spouse plays a completely dominant role in the relationship and will take over the conversation, mediation may not be suitable. Also, if there is a fundamental issue or lack of caring that neither spouse can get past, mediation may not be worthwhile.

Mediation is not advised for couples that have a permanent lack trust in each other. This type of divorce is also not appropriate in cases where domestic violence or child abuse has taken place.

For more information on mediation as an option in your divorce, speak with the experienced Long Island family law attorney at Bryan L. Salamone & Associates, P.C.

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