During a divorce, it can be difficult to make decisions with your soon-to-be former spouse. Both amicable and high-conflict divorces can create difficulty, particularly when it comes to decisions made about children. Generally, both parents want what is best for their children. Sometimes mediation can be the best solution.
According to the Indiana courts, alternative dispute resolutions such as mediation can help resolve disputes amicably. Mediation works through a mediator, who is an impartial person that helps settle your disputes.
What happens in mediation?
The mediator’s role in the process is to identify any important issues in the discussion. If there are disagreements, he or she attempts to clarify any misunderstandings. During a trial, you have less of an opportunity to be a part of the decision-making process. In mediation, everything is voluntary. No one makes any decisions without consulting you or without your consent. Contrarily, when a judge presides over your case, he or she can make orders regarding child custody.
Why do parents choose mediation?
Mediation is an informal form of dispute resolution.
Child custody issues are one of the most contentious is in a divorce case. In mediation, you can discuss custody issues, child support and more. It may be easier for you to protect your assets and your rights. Litigation is not always the right option for all families. Mediation is less time-consuming and more affordable. If there are issues that the two of you cannot agree on, then you will not include those issues in the mediation. You have more time to discuss your case, rather than being bound to the court’s timeline.