Divorce is often an emotionally difficult process. Mediation can ease the tension, open a path for constructive communication, lesson the financial burden, and make it easier to move forward than engaging in an emotionally draining and expensive court battle.
Divorce can be especially traumatic for children. With mediation, children can see that their parents are trying to work together despite their disagreements. Parents experience an environment where their voices are heard, legal implications of decisions are answered and understood, and often common ground can be found even in the most challenging of situations.
But, if at any time during mediation one of the parties feels that they are not satisfied with the process or possible outcome, mediation can be stopped and each party can retain an attorney, take their case to court and let a judge decide. By trying the process of mediation, you are not giving up your right to go to court.