Your marriage is coming to an end and you’ve known other people who have gone through bitter, drawn-out litigation. You are certain this is not something you want to go through. So what are your options?
Divorce mediation is a voluntary alternative for couples who want to end their marriage without the drama of the divorce court. Mediation gives the couple control over the divorce process and lets them plan their futures in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation. Divorce mediation offers a range of benefits, like privacy for both parties and control over the process. But is it right for you?
Divorce mediation is not for everyone. Here are two tell-tale signs that divorce mediation might work for you:
You are ready to cooperate and own the process
Even if you and your partner are not seeing eye-to-eye on various aspects of your divorce, mediation might still work for you. As long as both of you are ready and willing to cooperate and make concessions, you will likely reach a consensus on various aspects of the divorce like child custody and support, property division and spousal support. If you are having trouble breaking the ice, the mediator can point you in the right direction.
You are forthright about your finances
For mediation to work, both parties must be forthright about what they own and owe. Just as you would during a litigated divorce, you must disclose marital property. Any attempt to hide marital assets can jeopardize the process. Keep in mind that marital property will still be divided per Michigan marital property laws.
Safeguarding your rights
The prospects of a litigated divorce can be nerve-wracking. Fortunately, you can dissolve your marriage without going through a publicized court battle. However, you must be the right candidate for divorce mediation to work for you.