Have you and your spouse decided that the time has come to end your marriage? If so, it is highly recommended you pursue divorce mediation to avoid the heartache, hassle, and financial burden of litigation. Divorce mediation is a voluntary process frequently used by divorcing couples to plan out the terms of their separation in a healthy and respectful fashion. With the assistance of a professional mediator, this process allows couples the option to plan for their futures in a rational manner while fostering an atmosphere of healthy communication and cooperation.
What Does a Mediator Do?
A divorce mediator is a skilled attorney who acts as a neutral third party between divorcing spouses. Mediators will not make any decisions on your behalf, but instead will offer helpful advice and guide you towards collaborative solutions when determining the terms of your divorce agreement. Throughout the course of numerous sessions, your mediator will help you sort through all of the relevant issues pertaining to your separation and draft a written agreement once all issues have been agreed upon.
A mediator can help you negotiate the following issues:
- Child custody
- Asset distribution
- Debt division
- Spousal support
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Mediation can be a highly desirable option for completing a divorce as it is far less expensive and time consuming than a contested divorce. Furthermore, mediated divorces are oftentimes much less hostile in nature and can help keep the door open to an amicable relationship between divorcing spouses further on down the line. This can be an invaluable gift for couples who have children together.
With that being said, mediation is not right for everyone. Spouses pursuing mediation must be able and willing to be honest with one another and remain respectful at all times during the process. This can be difficult for spouses involved in emotionally-charged divorces based on fault or separations involving high net-worth assets. If a couple is able to approach mediation with the right attitude, however, they can potentially negotiate their entire divorce settlement without ever stepping foot in a courtroom.
Divorce Mediation in Dutchess County
If you and your spouse have decided to separate, a compassionate and knowledgeable Dutchess County divorce mediator from the Law Office of Dennis R. Vetrano, Jr., LLC can guide you and your spouse towards the most amicable resolution possible for your divorce. With more than 40 years of family law experience, we can provide the strong support you need during this difficult time.
Call (845) 605-4330 or request a consultation today to learn more about how we can help.