Undoubtedly, many situations turn marriages sour and lead couples to begin divorce processes. It could be because of domestic violence, a cheating partner or an awful realization. The effects the situations leading to divorce have on spouses can be detrimental to their mental and emotional health.
To bypass the time and cost of court trials, couples are turning to Divorce Mediation in Orlando to settle their divorce without having to go through the messy court process where they are at the mercy of the judge.
Divorce mediation is a voluntary resolution process frequently sought after by married couples who want to divorce. Divorce Mediation in Orlando gives couples the option to reach an agreement in their collective interest, in an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual understanding.
Most divorce mediators start by gathering necessary background information about the marriage, family and conflicting issues. The first meeting is usually held in the office of the mediator with both divorcing spouses present. The mediator, however, may ask to have separate sessions so that s/he can get their views in private. There is a general signing of an agreement that ensures the confidentiality of the mediation.
After going over the basics, the mediator will offer the couple a chance to state their situations briefly. Some follow-up questions should come just after that to help the mediator clarify things or get more information.
In the next step, the couple will look over the areas they have an agreement and where they have to work on. Negotiation begins once the couple understands what needs to be accomplished and additional information is gathered especially if there are property issues or questions of child custody.
The mediator may suggest that the couple figure out the more straightforward issues first as this encourages compromise when it comes to more difficult problems. Both spouses will be invited to express their opinions, state what is important to them and to listen to each other. Many divorced couples pick up communication tools from this process to strengthen their co-parenting relationship.
To make mediation successful, both parties need to compromise –to proffer resolutions that contain both their interests. The couple will need to listen and understand each other's point of view. This doesn't necessarily mean one of the couples has to agree with whatever the other says. In their positions, it may be impossible for them to, but when the spouses understand each other's real concerns, they get new ideas on how to settle amicably.
As soon as the negotiations are concluded, the mediator will write an agreement that will be part of the divorce paperwork. A parenting plan is also put in place to ensure the healthy upbringing of the children.
Divorce Mediation in Orlando offers the divorcing spouses an intermediary that helps them agree. The process saves time and money. At the same time, it sidesteps the lengthy process of divorce court.
Heather Oller is a licensed mental health professional with a Masters degree in counseling and psychology. She is an expert therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Counseling & Conflict Resolution and is a Florida certified family court mediator. She is also a qualified Parent Coordinator. She specializes in conflict resolution and alternative dispute resolution.Schedule Your Consultation