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What are the benefits of mediation in a Rhode Island divorce?

When you are considering divorce, there are a lot of decisions that you have to make. These decisions can have a long-term impact on your future and the future of your family. Because emotions are usually high during the divorce process, people can have trouble coming together with their spouse to settle disputes and make decisions. Therefore, Rhode Island family law courts often end up making decisions for couples.

As you may know, however, mediation is available during a divorce. While mediation is not a mandatory part of the divorce process in Rhode Island, it is one way to avoid long drawn out court battles. According to the Rhode Island family court mediation program, there are many benefits to mediation that couples may want to consider.

One, it gives couples the power to decide issues for themselves. If people choose traditional litigation, then future decisions about their family -- including child custody issues -- will be decided by a judge who may have very little insight about what is best for your family.

Two, mediation is private. Court proceedings are a matter of public record, therefore your personal information would be as well. Three, mediation is less expensive and less time consuming than traditional litigation.

Finally, mediation can help you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse learn to communicate better. With the help of a professional, people can start to move past some of their issues. This can be particularly important if you have children and need to learn to work together.

While this post is not to be considered legal advice and cannot tell you if you should pursue mediation or not, speaking with an attorney can help you decide if divorce mediation is a good choice for you.

Source: Family Court Mediation Program, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed Aug. 11, 2014

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