Couples who have decided to part ways can find themselves, individually and together, in unfamiliar territory. Even if they are in agreement about making the process as amicable as possible, there may be concerns or issues that need to be resolved before they can go forward. They could consider mediation as a light guiding them through terrain, which, despite their best intentions, can cause stress and strain.
Most family law practitioners are experienced in mediation as a means of providing a safe and secure working forum in which couples can cooperate towards wholesome and rewarding resolutions. A mediator takes a neutral stance, and he or she facilitates discussions which respect the perspectives and needs of both parties. Whether together for decades or for a few years, Ontario couples who wish to work things out reasonably and with dignity may benefit from mediation.
Building consensus through communication is only one of the many advantages of mediation. Resolving issues in conciliatory rather than adversarial ways contributes to the ongoing well-being of any children that may be involved. In litigation, children may be required to appear in court, something which most divorcing parents would prefer to avoid. Issues addressed and decisions made during the mediation process also remain confidential which may be a relief to those who value their privacy.
Choosing which issues need resolution or further refinement, as well as scheduling meetings and timelines which suit both parties, is, at all times, in the hands of the couple. This lends a genuine sense of control to the proceedings during a time of deep transition. The opportunity for conflict is dramatically diminished, as well as costs related to litigation, when a couple opts for an Ontario family law practitioner whose practice includes mediation.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Celebrate Mediation Day: Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce", Sherri Donovan, Accessed on July 16, 2017