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How does the process of divorce mediation work?

In the state of New York, more and more couples are choosing divorce mediation as a way to resolve complex and even simple issues. As you may know, divorce mediation is typically a more amicable alternative to traditional litigation. Other benefits include affordability, privacy and ending a marriage as quickly as possible.

Many couples do not understand how the divorce mediation process works. As such, they may opt for litigation instead, thereby missing out on the many benefits of mediation. Learning how mediation functions can help couples make better-informed decisions about how to proceed with your divorce.

The first thing to know is that your mediator will be an impartial third-party trained to help with dispute resolution and problem-solving. Below, you will find a brief outline of the three stages of divorce mediation.

The introductory stage: Your mediator will give you and your spouse an explanation of the process. He or she will also answer any questions you may have and help you set some ground rules to keep order during the process.

The problem-solving stage: This stage involves airing out your disputes and helping you both find a resolution. Your mediator will encourage discussion and help keep you and your spouse focused on solving your problems. Each spouse may also meet with the mediator privately to discuss sensitive issues.

The closing stage: Once you and your spouse have aired out your differences and established an effective way to communicate, it is time to make formal decisions. Your mediator will help you draft a document reflecting the issues to which you have both agreed.

Although divorce mediation is not an all-inclusive solution, it is worth pursuing in most cases. If you would like to learn more, consider reaching out to a legal professional for guidance.

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