You are getting ready to work your way through the divorce process. You know there are several ways you can go about it, but you are lost on which is best for your situation. It is easier to make an informed decision when you truly understand the advantages and disadvantages of each of your options. That is why, over the next little while, this column will address the different ways to approach the dissolution of marriage. This week we’ll will focus on why mediation is worth considering for divorcing couples in Maryland.
What is mediation?
Mediation is where you and your spouse agree to negotiate the terms of your divorce rather than go to court. You do this in the presence of a mediator whose job is to help you keep the conversation moving, help you understand your options and help you work out agreeable terms. The mediator cannot give legal advice or take sides.
The benefits of mediation are many. Most people who utilize this process save time and money. They enjoy the ability to meet in an informal setting. They also like the fact that their settlement terms are kept private as opposed to being made a matter of public record — which happens if things are fought out in court.
Can you still use an attorney?
Yes, you can. How involved your attorney is when going through mediation is up to you. It is wise to at least turn to legal counsel to review your negotiated terms so you can be sure you are walking away from your marriage with a settlement agreement that serves your best interests.