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Why every divorce needs a mediator

On Behalf of | Jun 4, 2024 | Mediation & Collaborative Divorce |

Divorce is often emotional and stressful. Mediation can provide a less adversarial way to get through this difficult time.

In Washington state, mediation is not just recommended; it is sometimes required by law. According to RCW 26.09.015, courts may mandate mediation to help resolve disputes. This approach offers many benefits, ensuring a smoother process for everyone involved.

Benefits of mediation

Mediation encourages open communication between spouses. A neutral mediator facilitates discussions, helping both parties express their needs and concerns. This method can reduce misunderstandings and promote a more amicable resolution. Unlike a courtroom battle, mediation fosters cooperation and mutual respect.

Cost-effective solution

Divorce can be expensive. Court battles often lead to high legal fees and prolonged proceedings. Mediation, on the other hand, is generally quicker and less costly. By avoiding the courtroom, spouses can save money and time.

Customized agreements

Mediation allows couples to create personalized agreements tailored to their unique situations. Instead of having a judge make decisions, spouses can collaborate to find solutions that work for their family. This flexibility is a significant advantage, as it ensures that both parties have a say in the final outcome, leading to more satisfactory and sustainable agreements.

Preservation of relationships

Divorce does not have to destroy relationships, especially when there are children. Mediation helps preserve a working relationship between ex-spouses, which is necessary for effective co-parenting. Mediation can reduce hostility and set a positive foundation for future interactions by focusing on communication and cooperation.

Confidentiality in mediation

Unlike court proceedings, which are public, mediation sessions remain private. This confidentiality allows spouses to discuss matters openly without fear of public exposure. This privacy can make the process less stressful and more conducive to honest communication.

Every divorce can benefit from mediation, whether or not it is mandated by the court.  Taking advantage of this process can lead to a more peaceful and productive divorce experience.