Civil divorce: The benefits of mediation

While some people spend months or years battling out the terms of a divorce through courtroom litigation, others may be able to civilly negotiate a settlement using mediation. This non-confrontational form of divorce allows couples in Kentucky and across the United States to customize the items included in the settlement, rather than have a court-appointed judge determine who is entitled to what in the final decree. At Gatlin Voelker PLLC, we know that the benefits of mediation can help many couples through the divorce process.

When people discuss common divorce topics, including property division, parenting plans, child support and alimony, in a calm and professional manner, the results can be optimal. Studies show that couples who undergo mediation may leave the marriage with a better relationship than they would have had they gone through courtroom litigation. This is especially beneficial to people who must maintain a post-divorce relationship, such as parents and business partners. Furthermore, people are more likely to comply with the terms of the settlement when they have had a direct role in creating them.

Mediation is often more affordable and quicker than the alternative. In some cases, a settlement can be negotiated in as little as one or two sessions. People can schedule convenient appointments, rather than have to wait months for lengthy court dates. Mediation negotiations take place in the presence of a third-party mediator, who is present to answer questions and direct the course of the session.

To learn more about the mediation process, visit our page on family law. 

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