Divorce is a complex issue. Unfortunately, when couples cannot agree on the terms of their divorce, emotional stresses are very often combined with the financial troubles associated with the litigation process. When couples are in contested divorces, their assets may be subjected to equitable distribution. However, equitable seldom means “equal,” and the litigation process usually leaves both spouses feeling as though they did not receive the assets of which they are entitled.

Fortunately, there is a way out. If you are someone who seeks to avoid the courtroom altogether, you may hire a divorce mediator to help. If this sounds like something that may appeal to you, please read on to learn more about your legal options going forward:

What does a divorce mediator do?

Divorce mediators are unbiased, third-party negotiators. First, you and your spouse will appoint a mediator of your choice. From here, the mediator will work to facilitate a civil conversation between you and your spouse to work out a compromise. Divorce mediators give couples a chance to have their voices heard, which allows individuals to be more accepting of the end result. The thought of a judge deciding the fate of your assets is nerve-wracking, which is why many people prefer to hire a mediator and settle any disputes themselves.

Compromise is key in divorce, especially if you have children. Elements of divorce like child custody are best agreed upon in a civil manner, rather than in an all-out war in court. Your children will benefit from seeing their parents working together despite having disagreements, rather than vent their frustrations onto each other.

You should hire a divorce mediator if:

  • Cost efficiency is important to you
  • You don’t feel like spending months in the litigation process
  • You want your divorce to remain low-key and confidential
  • You are unable to attend several divorce proceedings
  • You are capable of working out a compromise with your spouse
  • There are sensitive issues you would rather not discuss in an open courtroom

In some cases, couples hire arbitrators or use other alternative methods of divorce, such as taking collaborative approaches. Whatever your situation may be, it is generally best to keep your divorce out of the courtroom, if at all possible. To learn more about how we can help you, reach out to our compassionate firm as soon as you can.

Contact our experienced Michigan firm

Sometimes, divorce and family matters are difficult to navigate. Fortunately, they do not have to be with the assistance of a compassionate, knowledgeable attorney who is willing to guide you every step of the way. If you need a seasoned firm to help you with any divorce or family-related matter, please do not hesitate to contact Collis & Griffor today to schedule a consultation. We are here to help.

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