Divorce does not have to be a battle and there is so much more to the process than just hire attorneys and go to court.
Did you know that it IS possible to get a divorce without ever setting foot in a courtroom? Not only is it possible, the court would prefer that!
This post is part of a series about divorce myths. Here are four commonly held myths about divorce mediation, and the realities you should know.
Myth #1: I need the mediator on MY side!
Reality: The titles “Mediator” and “Arbitrator” are often confused. An arbitrator hears both sides of a case outside of a formal courtroom and makes binding decisions. Mediation is vastly different in that the process is essentially owned by the couple. A mediator has no power over the decisions reached. If either divorcing spouse is uncomfortable with an aspect of the agreements being developed, it is their right to disagree and keep searching for solutions. My personal mediation mantra: “What can you both comfortably live with so you can agree and continue to move forward?”