The decision to get divorced is never made lightly. But contrary to what you may have heard from friends or seen on TV, the process itself doesn’t have to be traumatic. If you can avoid going through the courts, your divorce can be completed more quickly and with less expense.
Mediation is an excellent alternative to a courtroom divorce for both straight and same-sex couples. It allows you to resolve your disputes amicably.
At the Schlegel Law Group in Orlando, Florida, founding attorney Scott Schlegel is a renowned expert in the field of family law and a certified mediator with the Florida Supreme Court. He has helped numerous couples proceed smoothly through divorce with minimal conflict and delay.
Serving as an impartial party, he’ll work with you and your spouse to negotiate the best possible outcome for everyone involved, including the children. He’ll clarify issues and suggest alternatives, continually moving the process toward completion.
Why Mediation Could Be Right for You
Unlike a judge or arbitrator, a mediator doesn’t impose decisions but rather guides you to compromises you both can accept, particularly with regard to issues such as:
- Spousal or child support
- Custody and visitation of children
- Divorce modification
- Division of property, assets, and debts
- Partition actions
Mediation has many benefits over litigation including:
- Cost – Any court costs are minimal and legal fees are less, as each spouse won’t need to hire individual lawyers.
- Speed – You control the process which usually means a faster resolution than waiting for court dates to be assigned.
- Confidentiality – Mediation allows you to keep all emotional and financial issues private.
- Control – You and your spouse negotiate the final agreement, which gives you control over its content as opposed to court-imposed decisions.
- Adherence – You and your ex will be more willing to adhere to an agreement you’ve created together.
- Less Drama – Mediation promotes an attitude of compromise versus a win-lose mentality, which often results in a better post-marital relationship, especially important if you have children.