Parenting is tough, and when it comes to separation or divorce, it can feel like an impossible task. Emotions are high, and both parties are often hurt, angry, and confused. It is challenging to make rational decisions that will affect the rest of your life when dealing with so much pain. That’s why many parents choose to use a mediator to help them navigate the process. But is it necessary, and do all parents need a mediator? Here, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of mediation services for separating parents.
What is mediation?
Through the process of mediation, two or more parties can come to an agreement with the assistance of an impartial third party. In the context of family law, mediators help separating couples come to an agreement regarding child custody and access, child support, and division of property. While mediators do not provide legal advice, they can provide information and guidance about what is legally possible.
The benefits of mediation for parents:
- Confidentiality: Everything discussed in mediation remains confidential, which can encourage both parties to speak openly and honestly.
- Cost-effective: Mediation is often less expensive than litigation.
- More peaceful: Mediation is a less confrontational process than court and can help reduce conflict between parents.
- Faster: Mediation tends to be quicker than litigation.
- Increased control: Mediation is a process in which both parties have more control over the outcome.
The drawbacks of mediation for parents:
- Not appropriate for all cases: In some cases, such as where there is domestic violence, or one party is unlikely to negotiate in good faith, mediation may not be appropriate.
- No guarantee of success: While mediation has a high success rate, there is no guarantee that it will work.
- Unequal bargaining power: In some cases, one party may have more bargaining power than the other, leading to an unfair agreement.
- No legal advice: Mediators cannot provide legal advice. Parties may need to seek independent legal advice to ensure they understand their rights and obligations.
When is mediation appropriate?
Mediation may not be appropriate in all cases, but it can be highly beneficial in many situations. Generally, mediation is appropriate when both parties are willing to negotiate in good faith and have equal bargaining power. However, it is essential to consider the specific circumstances and seek advice from a mediator or legal professional to determine if it is an appropriate path for your situation.
How Rhino Mediation can help
Rhino Mediation is a professional mediation service that specializes in helping separating couples with children navigate the process. Our mediators are highly trained in family law and have extensive experience in helping parents come to agreements that work for their family. We strive to make the process as peaceful and efficient as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your family through this challenging time.
Mediation for Unified Parenting
Separation and divorce are challenging, especially when children are involved. Parents who choose mediation over traditional litigation often find that it is a more peaceful and less expensive option. While it may not be appropriate for all cases, it can be highly beneficial in many situations. Rhino Mediation is here to help parents navigate the process and make it as smooth and efficient as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your family through this challenging time.