With the rapid approach of the holiday season, one of the last topics that most Utah couples might want to hear about is divorce. No one in his or her right mind wants to be the person that ruined the holidays, especially when children are involved. The positive aspect is divorce mediation can iron out the wrinkles without the messy courtroom involved until and unless necessary.

What this means, in layman’s terms, is mediation uses a third-party to help guide the divorcing couple on how to settle any possible disputes. Examples of this may be how to divide property and child custody arrangements. The benefits are that if the couple agrees to the mediation process, the cost is less expensive, fewer emotions are involved and yet any settlement is still legally binding.

In many ways, divorce mediation allows a couple some form of control over what happens regarding the decisions made during the divorce process. This helps both parties come to amicable agreement without relying on the court system. For this to happen, Utah couples need to work together toward the goal of both parties being satisfied with the decisions so everyone can move forward with their lives.

There is no magic wand to wave and make the divorce either go-away or be over in a blink of an eye. Trying to leave emotions out of the decision-making process can make divorce mediation go a lot smoother. The more work that is accomplished during mediation, the less the court will have to be involved and the sooner everyone can start planning the individual lives.

Source: poughkeepsiejournal.com, Mediation is safer, faster, costs less than litigation, Kathryn Lazar and Jodi Miller, Dec. 12, 2013

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