Not every divorce in Oregon is contentious. Some couples understand that although there may be a lot at stake emotionally and financially in a divorce and they both have their differences that working together to reach a divorce settlement is preferable to leaving the matter up to the court. These couples may find mediation to be a good fit for them.
What is divorce mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. The goal of mediation is for the couple to reach a settlement of some if not all their divorce issues out-of-court. These issues may include child custody, child support, spousal support and property division.
How does divorce mediation work?
The mediation session(s) will be overseen by a neutral third-party mediator. The mediator is not a decision-maker in the case. Instead, the mediator will facilitate discussions between the spouses so the spouses can reach a settlement. The couple can either sit down at the table together or they can be in separate rooms with the mediator serving as a go-between. Couples going through mediation can still be represented by an attorney.
Why is mediation helpful to some?
Mediation can be helpful for many couples in Oregon. It can be less costly both in time and money. In addition, if the divorcing couple has children mediation can set the groundwork for the cooperation and communication they will need as they co-parent together post-divorce. Finally, many couples find mediation to be a satisfactory way to divorce because they had more say in the outcome.
Learn more about family law issues
Mediation may be worth considering if you are facing divorce. This post is for educational purposes only and does not contain legal advice. Our firm’s webpage on family law may be a good resource for those who want to learn more about this topic.