‘Mediation Day’ celebrates the benefits of collaborative divorce

Readers in Illinois may be interested to know that some individuals considered Oct. 18 “Mediation Day.” While the day might not be much of a holiday, the concepts it helps support are certainly worth celebrating. The emphasis of the day lies in spreading the word about the potential benefits that divorce mediation can provide for couples who want to avoid lengthy courtroom battles and discuss their divorce proceedings in a less adversarial manner.

Those who are in the unfortunate situation of needing to consider a divorce should be aware that mediation is an option available to them, providing that both individuals are willing to come to a settlement outside of court. There are a multitude of reasons why mediation is a good solution for those capable of taking it, but perhaps most important is the increased degree of personal control over the results.

By entering into cooperative negotiations during divorce proceedings, the two separating spouses get the chance to set for themselves the terms of their split for everything ranging from child custody and support to asset division. Collaborative divorce allows for more custom solutions that fit the specific wants and desires of both parties.

By ensuring that both individuals had a say and agreed to the terms, the higher degree of customization offered by mediation can help with life after the divorce has been finalized. In addition to that, the process of settling out of court is also more controlled by the parties themselves, by virtue of not having to meet the schedule of the court.

While mediation may not be the best option in more adversarial divorces, it makes sense to consider the possibility. If the divorcing spouses can temporarily put aside their more emotional reactions and instead pragmatically assess what is best for their children and themselves, the mediation process can provide faster solutions to what otherwise may have been a lengthy legal battle.

Source: The Huffington Post, “Celebrate Mediation Day: Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce,” Sherri Donovan, Oct. 18, 2012

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‘Mediation Day’ celebrates the benefits of collaborative divorce