Rhode Island residents may not know that mediation can be used for many types of conflict and is often a way of resolving divorce and family disputes. Mediation involves a neutral mediator assisting the parties to come to a mutually acceptable agreement
Divorce mediation should be considered by every couple facing a divorce for several reasons. First of all it is less costly and usually faster than a traditional divorce. The parties pay one professional who is working to find a solution for both of them. Parties who are able to resolve their differences through mediation will not have to pay for the costly drafting of motion papers back and forth. Another benefit is that the parties may be able to resolve their conflict in only a few sessions.
Mediation is much less adversarial than traditional divorce litigation. Parties can work to resolve their issues by communicating rather than fighting. An adversarial proceeding can expose children to more conflict which can lead to stress and confusion for the children. Parties may also choose mediation because they have more control of the final agreement. The parties rather than the court have the final say on the agreement, and all of the details it contains.
A final benefit of mediation is that it is much more private than a traditional divorce. The documents made or used in mediation are confidential. In addition, the meetings are in a private office rather than a public court room which is a more relaxed setting for all parties.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Celebrate Mediation Day: Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce," Sherri Donovan, October 18, 2012