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What are the benefits of mediation?

When couples in Ohio decide to call it quits after trying every possible scenario for staying together, the partners may dread the process of dissolution as much as they fear divorce itself. If you are in this situation, and you and your spouse communicate relatively well when you are not under intense stress, you may want to consider mediation as an alternative to divorce court.

According to the American Bar Association, mediation is not for everyone, but if you are a spouse who can express "ideas, wants, and needs in a mature manner," you may be a good candidate for the process. The ABA says what makes mediation a viable option for respectful partners is it can replace the courtroom, which often scares even the most poised of individuals, with a "more serene environment." 

What are the benefits of this more peaceful setting? The ABA suggests that a tailor-made agreement is one of many. Because the couple discusses what each spouse wants with the help of an objective third party, the two can often come out with an agreement that closely aligns to their desires. A mediator's goal is to help you get to that point, too, and the relaxed setting along with the intermediary's training can often contribute to positive outcomes. 

Other benefits the ABA cites include:

  • Less stress for any children involved since the parents are cooperating with each other
  • Less cost than divorce court, as the billable time is usually 40 to 60 percent lower
  • Less risk because the result of mediation is not binding

Mediation may be an all-around healthier approach to the process because it can decrease anxiety for you and everyone else the proceedings affect.

This information intends to educate about alternative dispute resolution and is not a substitute for legal advice.

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