Divorce mediation is a voluntary settlement process used frequently and successfully by married couples who want to divorce, and by domestic partners who want to separate. Divorce mediation gives couples the option to plan their futures rationally, and in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect. With the assistance of a trained divorce mediator, you can reach an agreement that is custom-made for your family, your finances and your future. To learn the answers to frequently asked questions about divorce mediation, please review our FAQs.
The Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Many couples choose divorce mediation rather than a litigated divorce because they find it is more beneficial for their families. Couples often say that divorce mediation:
- Is more affordable
- Takes less time
- Improves their ability to communicate
- Encourages a spirit of cooperation
- Gives them more control
- Allows them to make better decisions for their family
- Is more emotionally protective of their children
For more information on the benefits of divorce mediation, please check out articles by NYSCDM members:
Seven Benefits of Divorce Mediation by Susan Ingram
Is Divorce Mediation for You?
Even if you and your partner do not agree on much, divorce mediation could still be for you. Check out The Mediate Quiz and the “Can we mediate?” article below for typical issues to think about when considering divorce mediation. If you and your partner think that divorce mediation could be a sensible solution for your family, you should learn more by meeting with a divorce mediator who can answer questions specific to your situation.
The Divorce Mediation Quiz from NYSCDM
Can we mediate? by Bobbie Dillon
The Role of the Divorce Mediator
Without taking sides, a divorce mediator works with you and your partner to negotiate a settlement that is in the best interest of you and your family. Typically, a divorce mediator helps you better understand and communicate your individual and common interests so that you can explore reasonable options, make good decisions and reach solid agreements that benefit your family.
NYSCDM promotes the highest professional principles by requiring members to commit to the Model Standards of Practice.
Divorce Mediation Myths
Separating and divorcing families have used divorce mediation for many years. Even so, there are some misunderstandings about the process. For example, you and your partner do not have to be on the best of terms to be able to enter into divorce mediation. Also, the process can benefit couples and domestic partners of all ages, income levels, with children, without children, etc. For more information, on divorce mediation myths, please check out these short articles by NYSCDM members:
Common Myths About Mediation by Clare Piro
Eight Myths of Divorce Mediation by Joanne Naiman