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What are the benefits
Family mediation has many advantages over other ways of resolving issues surrounding separation and divorce. These include:
Control of the situation
A sense of control and power are crucial to one’s well being during a tumultuous time such as divorce and separation. Participating in mediation ensures that your voice is heard and valued. The experience of asserting power and expressing one’s concerns may be cathartic and psychologically beneficial. Additionally, each individual party is the best authority upon his or her best interest. Thus mediation allows the parties to work out their own solution.
Less stressful and combative process
Mediation is about communication and openness rather than the potential hostility of legal negotiations – a trip to court is taxing for everyone, while mediation aims to reduce conflict between you and your partner so you can make decisions together. And, of course, the better the two of you are able to cooperate, the easier the separation is likely to be for your children.
Taking your case to court can be expensive as well as traumatic. If you’re struggling financially you may be able to work through your issues with a mediator for a reduced cost. In all cases mediation tends to be cheaper than litigation. According to figures from the National Audit Office.
Speed of proceedings
Solving issues through mediation is generally much faster than going through court. The time the mediation will take very much depends on the individual case, but with the average mediated resolution nearly four times shorter than the average court separation, mediation is a much quicker route to a solution.
Mediation is voluntary; it is not a mandatory process for family law matters.
Parties are free to leave mediation at any time, if one or both the spouses feel it is no longer the ideal resolution process. The separated spouses have significant control over the course of action, which may be further aided by a Toronto divorce lawyer. The particular issues at hands and relationship between the parties will shape and guide the mediation without the strict barriers of courtroom procedure. Moreover, there are no penalties for unsuccessful mediation.
Mediation keeps the focus on a common interest: The best interests of the children.
If children are involved, their best advocates are likely the parental parties. The level of escalated conflict that is often characteristic of litigation may create a detached, impersonal and adversarial atmosphere. In such an environment, the emphasis is shifted from a common ground to a win-or-lose scenario. This process may elicit and affirm feelings of competition, distrust and discord. Such feelings are unproductive in meeting the needs of the children and are a barrier to the creation of fair parenting arrangements. Mediation encourages collaboration and creative problem solving. The spirit of cooperation created through mediation will aid in arranging new family dynamics and responsibilities.
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