Although it can result in increased happiness over the long-term for all parties involved, there’s no question that divorce is often a difficult and unpleasant process to undergo.While some couples can dissolve a marriage peacefully and fairly without outside assistance, many couples benefit from the services of a mediator. What is the Purpose of Divorce Mediation? Divorce mediation allows a couple to meet with a neutral, third-party professional who is experienced in helping couples resolve common issues related to divorce proceedings. Mediation is typically much faster and less expensive than a divorce trial, which can be helpful for getting a quick and satisfactory resolution to divorce-related issues. In addition, divorce mediation allows couples to have more control over how the marriage is dissolved. At the end of a divorce trial, it is ultimately up to the judge to make a decision about things like custody, division of assets and other important issues.With the help of a mediator, couples can choose the best course of action relating to these matters instead. When Divorce Mediation is the Right Choice There are certain instances when it is best to go through the process of a divorce trial or seek alternate ways of dissolving a marriage. One example of this is if there is a history of domestic violence or abuse. In these cases, mediation is typically not recommended because the meetings can become too emotionally charged. It’s important to remember that the divorce mediation process involves frequent face-to-face meetings with both spouses present, so if there is resentment or anger present, mediation may not be the recommended course of action. Hiring a mediator is generally most helpful for couples who agree to divorce but need help with communication and deciding on fair outcomes for issues including finances and child custody. Are You Considering Divorce Mediation? A mediator can help couples navigate through communicating over difficult issues so that both parties reach a resolution that satisfies them. The family lawyers at McQuarrie LLP have years of experience in mediation.Contact us to find out about the support we can provide.