For many couples, the worst aspect of divorce is the tension of achieving resolution in a public courtroom, leading to a decision you may strongly object to.
There is an alternative to courtroom divorce that more and more people are choosing — divorce mediation.
How Divorce Mediation Works
Working with a neutral third party, mediation allows both sides to work toward a resolution of issues in a divorce, including:
Parenting plans. Who will the child or children live with, and on what basis?
Child support. This includes financing general living expenses, health care, education costs and other support.
Spousal support/alimony. How much money, if any, one party will provide to the other, and for how long.
Division of assets, including debt. Debt decisions will affect your ability to buy a house or make other major purchases.
In mediation the neutral mediator meets with the two parties to discuss the terms of the divorce. Depending on the difficulty of the issues, several meetings may be necessary to create an agreement.
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Mediation is usually less expensive than court litigation, it occurs away from the public eye, and its outcomes are nonbinding. Many people prefer it because it induces less anxiety. If either party is unsatisfied with the process, you can quit mediation and take the dispute to court.
At The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates, we have extensive experience in divorce mediation, and have helped many couples to find their way through a difficult transition with a minimum of stress and aggravation.
If you are looking at a contested divorce and wish to avoid the tension of the courtroom, consider divorce mediation. Call the Rochester, New Hampshire, mediation lawyers at The Law Offices of Stephen C. Brown & Associates at 603-841-3080, or email our attorneys using this online form.