Utah residents facing divorce could find it an emotionally trying time. While there are several avenues available to navigate a divorce, some find mediation helpful. The attitude and overall demeanor of the involved parties may play a part in a successful mediation.

One of the potential obstacles a person could face during the mediation process is the misunderstanding of the terms arbitration and mediation. This confusion could possibly lead to unrealistic expectations and possible disappointing outcomes, which could lead to a less positive outcome. Understanding the differences between mediation and arbitration may allow divorcing couples to approach the situation with a much more positive attitude and increase the probability of achieving a mutually successful outcome.

Where arbitration involves a neutral third party making the final decision in favor of one of the parties, mediation uses a neutral third party to only act as a facilitator between the two parties. The appeal of mediation comes from the fact that it encourages the parties to do the negotiating in hopes of reaching a positive agreement. This can be a helpful tool for those that just need a neutral party to act in the best interest of both.

Utah residents who are considering a divorce or those who have already started the process may benefit from meditation. Mediators are there to help work through the issues, encourage the missing communication and work toward a positive and successful agreement. This could be beneficial for those that haven’t been able to come to terms through any other form of communication.

Source: Huffington Post, “Your Demeanor Can Affect Your Divorce Mediation,” Diane L. Danois, July 23, 2013

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