Should I Hire a Mediator for an Uncontested Divorce?
You and your spouse have decided to end your marriage and have come to terms regarding parenting and financial issues. This seems like a positive way to divorce and — with no apparent disputes — you might think there would be no need for a qualified mediator. However, it’s critical to understand that a divorce isn’t just the end of a personal relationship. It’s a legal proceeding that can affect your rights and obligations for many years to come.
The men and women who serve as neutral third parties in New York State mediations are subject to detailed guidelines and training, and many have extensive family law experience. Even when you don’t enter the process with significant disputes, a qualified mediator can assist with:
- Identification of overlooked issues — Spouses can agree to the basics of a divorce settlement, but many details may be overlooked in the turmoil and confusion that frequently accompanies a breakup. By using a trustworthy third party to walk you through every important issue, you can move forward with confidence.
- Resolution of disputes that might arise — Though a consensual divorce might be amicable at the outset, nailing down specific terms can spark conflicts. When a skillful mediator oversees the discussion, he or she understands how to avert disputes and find creative solutions when disagreements arise.
- Preparation of settlement agreements and other documents — The settlement agreement that you and your spouse negotiate will form the basis of your marriage dissolution order. A mistake or an instance of unclear language regarding alimony, property distribution, child support or parenting arrangements could drastically change what you thought you had agreed to. A skillful divorce mediator understands how to create a clear, unequivocal agreement that will be accepted by the court along with other filings necessary to end your marriage legally.
When you’re working with a knowledgeable professional, the transition from mediation to an uncontested divorce filing is a smooth one. At every stage of the proceedings, Solutions Divorce Mediation provides thoughtful guidance to spouses who are ending their marriages, whether the breakup is amicable or bitter. The first step is a consultation with one of our Long Island mediators. Please call 1.631.683.8172 or contact us online for an appointment.