Divorce mediation may not be appropriate for all former Washington couples. However, if your relationship with your soon-to-be-ex is not particularly contentious, you may find that mediating your divorce leads to some major benefits.
Yahoo Lifestyle reports that a mediated divorce may save you money, allow you to keep things more private and give you more control over the outcome of your split. Mediation involves a degree of compromise, though. Here are some important tips for making divorce mediation work for you.
Do not give up
Splitting from your spouse may prove stressful and emotional regardless of how you do it. You may wonder after your initial mediation session if you are ever going to be able to come to terms on how to end your marriage. However, once each party has a chance to speak, you may find that you work through asset division and other matters more quickly than expected – and likely much faster than you would in the courtroom.
Choose the right mediator
You also want to exercise care when choosing your divorce mediator. The role of the mediator is to act and advise without bias, but some mediators do so differently than others. Some are more forthcoming about offering suggestions about how to handle your affairs, while others are more prone to sitting back and only stepping in when necessary.
If you and your ex share a child or children together, you may find it especially worthwhile to consider divorce mediation. Mediating, rather than litigating, your divorce may help improve the co-parenting relationship you and your one-time partner share.