Striving To Make Your Divorce As Painless As Possible Through Mediation
Nobody wants to get a divorce. However, some divorces can be more painful than others. At Shaughnessy Law, we understand that this time in your life is likely filled with disappointment, anger and fear of the future. As a certified family law mediator by the Florida Supreme Court, attorney Mara Shaughnessy can provide a professional and impartial perspective as a mediator in your divorce to make the process as painless as possible.
The Advantage Mediation Can Provide
Mediation provides an alternative to traditional divorce litigation. In mediation, the divorcing spouses and their attorneys meet with a neutral, third-party professional known as a mediator. The mediator facilitates the discussion to help the spouses discuss concerns, identify options and, ideally, decide on a solution to which both can agree.
There are many benefits to divorce through mediation, including:
- Communication: Mediation allows both parties to have more open and honest communication about contested issues and possible solutions. This open communication can also help preserve the relationship between spouses after the divorce, which can be especially beneficial for parents learning how to co-parent together.
- Efficiency: Traditional litigation can be a slow process, drawing the divorce out into a longer and more painful process than seems necessary. Mediation is generally much quicker, which can also lead to reduced expenses.
- Confidentiality: Unlike litigation, after which court records are made public, what is said throughout mediation is kept confidential. While settlements, if entered into, become public record, divorcing spouses can trust that discussions leading up to the settlement will remain private.
- Greater satisfaction: While not a guarantee, many divorcing spouses emerge from mediation feeling that they maintained a greater sense of control, both throughout mediation and during the settlement. Mediation allows the parties to get more creative with solutions as opposed to a judge deciding their solutions for them.
Working With A Certified Family Law Mediator
As a certified family law mediator, attorney Shaughnessy encourages both parties to explore options and alternatives that could work for everyone. This can include discussing key issues such as property and asset division, child custody, spousal support and more. While mediators are unable to decide on a solution singlehandedly, they work to facilitate a productive discussion for those involved.
Contact Shaughnessy Law
While mediation may not be a viable option for each divorce, it can provide a calm and collaborative alternative for many. Call us at 813-445-8439 or fill out our form to talk about divorce in Brandon, Florida, and the surrounding areas.