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Understanding Divorce Mediation in Indiana

Divorce mediation is an alternative form of dispute resolution that involves a neutral third party who assists a divorcing couple in reaching a divorce agreement. In some counties, divorce mediation is mandatory for contested divorces. The couple must at least try mediation prior to asking the court to intervene on their behalf. The mediation process is designed to be less adversarial and more collaborative. It is an attractive option for many divorcing couples, even those who are not forced into mediation by their county. The goal of mediation is to help couples reach an accord that works for both parties without requiring a judge to intervene and render a decision on every issue related to the divorce. In some cases, couples will find common ground in mediation and be able to resolve some, but not all, issues related to their divorce. They can then ask the courts to intervene on whatever issues remain unresolved after the mediation sessions have been completed. 

The role of a neutral third party

The mediator is a neutral third party who helps the couple communicate effectively and reach an agreement on issues related to their divorce. Disputes can arise over asset distribution, alimony, child custody, or child support. The mediator’s job is to help the couple reach a mutual agreement on as many issues as possible during the divorce mediation. While mediation isn’t always successful, many couples find the process beneficial. The mediator does not take sides, make decisions, or provide legal advice to the parties. Instead, the mediator serves as an impartial guide to help the couple resolve issues related to asset distribution, alimony, child custody, and child support. 

A neutral third-party mediator plays a crucial role in the divorce process. The mediator’s primary function is to facilitate communication between the spouses, offering creative solutions and focusing on points of contention to help the couple reach a mutual agreement. The mediation approach encourages open communication, exploring different resolution options together, and working together to find solutions. In the process, participants have more control over the process and are better equipped to handle the challenges intrinsic to a divorce. 

Benefits of mediation

Mediation is a more cost-effective option than litigation. Couples who can resolve all of their points of contention in mediation can save themselves a great deal of time and money, avoiding the costs of litigation, which can take years to resolve. Mediation is also less adversarial than litigation. For couples who want to maintain a good working relationship post-divorce for the benefit of their children, mediation provides a non-adversarial solution to conflict resolution. Divorces that go before the courts are more costly and more contentious. In mediation, couples retain all control over the final decisions related to their divorce agreement. When a judge decides, the power is out of their hands. 

Talk to an Indiana Divorce Attorney Today

Chris Arrington represents the interests of divorcing Indiana residents who are interested in mediation. Call our office today to schedule an appointment, and we can begin discussing your next steps right away. 

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