Are you planning on filing for divorce? When it comes time to separate, you don’t always need the courts. Mediation is a helpful alternative used in the negotiation process of a separation or divorce. For couples looking to end a relationship, a mediator can help both parties get through this challenging time in a cooperative and confident way. So, can a mediator write a separation agreement? The answer is a resounding yes. Here’s why.
What is the role of a mediator?
A mediator is there to provide guidance and support to couples by identifying and solving issues during the separation or divorce process. The role of a mediator is to be an impartial third party, helping both spouses reach a fair and mutually beneficial agreement.
When it comes to finalizing a divorce, most couples will need a separation agreement. A mediator can help write up the contract but both parties will then take the contract to their separate lawyers and receive independent legal advice before signing the contract. The separation agreement will include the agreed upon division of assets, debts, and spousal and child support.
Why have a separation agreement?
There are a host of reasons why couples choose to create a separation agreement. For starters, working with a mediator can be much quicker, less stressful, and more cost-effective than going to court—and that can be good news for spouses looking to save money for family expenses.
You and your partner also benefit by having complete control over your case. When you leave matters in the hands of the court, a judge will be making major decisions about your assets and children. With a mediation and separation agreement, you and your partner oversee the outcome.
The process of developing a separation agreement helps to build better relationships between you and your spouse. By promoting open communication and reducing disagreements, couples will be less hostile, bitter, and angry. Using the services of a mediator means spouses will have the chance to calmly work together and come to a mutual understanding.
If there are children involved, working together on a separation agreement will not only help minimize their stress during this difficult time, but also set a good example on how to properly resolve conflict.
When you are ready to move forward with divorce or separation, a mediator will be there for you to help make the process less stressful and amicable for both parties.