Divorce is rarely an easy process. However, there are certain tools, such as divorce mediation, that can help to alleviate some of the stress of a divorce.
Though mediation is not the best solution for everyone, it is often beneficial to couples. There are a few key advantages of divorce mediation.
The mediation process usually takes less time, resources and finances than the traditional divorce process. Logistically, it involves fewer parties and does not require facilitation within the courtroom. Therefore, the cost decreases.
The primary factor that typically stretches out the length of time a litigated divorce takes is the court docket. When the docket schedule is full, as is often the case, it may take months for a couple to get a court date to take their case before a judge. On the other hand, mediation can occur according to the timeline of the couple. This allows them to schedule it as they need to, and not have to wait to receive a court date.
A traditional divorce becomes a public court matter. Therefore, outside parties are able to view the records. Though mediation must receive final approval from the judge, it is a private procedure that does not carry a court record. This benefit may particularly appeal to those who have high assets or simply prefer their privacy.
The state of Utah requires at least one mediation session once the divorce process begins. This is to encourage collaboration between the parties, rather than fighting against each other. Mediation allows both parties to share their desires and work together to formulate a solution that works for all parties involved. Such collaborative efforts can aid in making the divorce process more agreeable, as well as help build a foundation for handling family matters that arise, such as future requests for modifications to custody or support.