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Agreements for the Future: Mediation and the Divorcing Family

February 18, 2012

The divorcing family is often looking for the most sane, efficient and humane way to resolve their issues.

A litigation process, built upon fairness and a defined process, is often too rigid to provide options for this family. A process layered with input from attorneys, third parties and decided on by a judge, can leave a family with an agreement far from the terms they desire.

A mediation process brings parties together to resolve their differences through discussion and problem solving. This allows them options when deciding what is best for their family and helps to block out any other layers of input and influence that detract from resolution.

Staying Power

By providing options for the divorcing family, mediation has a high rate of compliance. Parties who have reached their own custom agreement are generally more likely to follow through and abide and comply with its terms than those whose agreement has been imposed by a third-party decision-maker. Parties that negotiate their own settlements have more control over the outcome of their dispute and gains and losses are more predictable when the decision-making remains within the family. Creating a mutually satisfactory agreement in which all parties have some of their interests met creates a sense of commitment and support – both long and short term – and preserves the life of the agreement.

Keeping the Peace

The mediation process also helps preserve ongoing relationships. Mediated agreements, which result in negotiated solutions addressing each of the parties’ needs, provide the win/win that many families are seeking.  This allows for a better environment to preserve present and future working relationships than a traditional ligation process with a win/lose outcome. If a future working relationship is important, a negotiated settlement may be the best resolution possible where personalized solutions are created.  By providing a safe and personalized forum, mediation is a helpful healing process and encourages direct communication between parties. The mutual resolution helps to give the parties a place to start for their future interactions; an agreement by the family, for the family.

If you have questions about a divorce or about Mediation, please contact us for a FREE ONE HOUR CONSULTATION.  We will help answer questions you have and get you the resources you need.   Contact through our website:  or call us at 952 401-7599.   We are waiting to help!

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