When you are considering the different options for divorce, there are a number of routes to take. Understandably, it can be a very overwhelming decision to make. One of those options is known as mediation. This is generally a cheaper option and allows you to stay out of court. When you go through the mediation process, you will essentially sit in a conference room with your spouse, each of your attorneys and a mediator. Then, you begin the equitable distribution process. You will also have to determine any spousal support that may have to be paid as well as the future of your children. If you do have a child or children with your spouse, one parent will be deemed the custodial parent. The other parent will have to make child support payments. All of these factors get decided upon during mediation.
One of the other benefits of divorce mediation is that it typically takes less time to finalize your divorce than if you were to go through the court system. Mediation allows you to have more control over the amount of time your divorce takes. If you and your spouse can agree on these decisions quickly, you will be able to finalize sooner. However, if you and your spouse can’t agree on the division of assets or what happens to your children, the process may take longer. Everything here depends on how well you and your spouse can work together to come to these decisions. Divorce is understandably a difficult time in any couple’s life so even though mediation is the easiest way to go, it is still a very emotional process.
Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation and we will be happy to assist you.