In the movies, divorce means screaming matches, smashing vases, dramatic court reveals and a lifetime of bitterness.
But divorce doesn't have to be an over-the-top, winner-takes-all battle.
Many couples who want to maintain a more peaceful, less combative relationship opt to have their marriage dissolution handled through mediation.
Mediation offers many benefits to divorcing couples, including less expense, more confidentiality about the proceedings, faster resolution and the opportunity to create a plan that is best tailored to your unique family situation.
Unlike a judge or an arbitrator, a mediator has no power to make decisions. The mediator's job is to help parties negotiate an agreement that each of them considers fair enough to accept.
Lawyers who understand and support mediation can help by informing spouses of their legal rights and options, by coaching them through the negotiations, by coming up with creative settlement ideas, and by preparing the necessary divorce paperwork once an agreement is signed.
Couples who go through mediation are often more satisfied with the outcomes of their dissolution proceedings not only because they have had the opportunity to have input and negotiate on their own behalf, but because they had had a chance to speak and be heard during the proceedings. Parents who are negotiating parenting plans and child support through mediation tend to have more amicable relationships ongoing.
Pensacola Divorce and Family Law Attorney, Mary McDaniel specializes in helping couples through mediation in order to reach amicable endings that are to the benefit of the divorcing parties and their minor children. Attorney Mary McDaniel can help you navigate your divorce and family law to reach a settlement that is in your best interest and the best interest of your children.