Going to court is a difficult experience. Emotions are already high, and you must battle through them to get justice. Furthermore, you are at the mercy of others who decide whether your claims are justified. The expense is also great, as every claim must be proven or countered, no matter how off base it is. These problems only get worse when you’re dealing with a divorce.
Fortunately, you can bypass this trouble altogether. You and your spouse can make whatever decisions you choose in your divorce. Some may need outside help to guide them along, and divorce mediation can provide this service.
At Beth G. Reineke, our Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator is here to provide an easier path through your divorce. Attorney Beth Reineke has years of legal experience, both in and out of the courtroom. She is here to help the two of you reach mutually beneficial conclusions, free from judgements or the need to “win.”
For divorce mediation services in Wesley Chapel and other locations in Pasco County, trust our divorce mediator to work hard for you. You can schedule time with us online today.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Often, people imagine a divorce as two people “out for blood.” The spouses bring forth terrible accusations, trying to expose each other’s worst behaviors. Mediation gives spouses the chance to work together in a civilized environment. No one is out to harm the other, and there are no winners or losers.
In mediation, you meet with a neutral third party who helps you negotiate the terms of your divorce. This person works for both spouses, and they want each person to walk away as satisfied as possible.
Attorney Reineke comes equipped with specialized training that helps facilitate these talks. She can see when both sides are getting stuck, and she can help move the conversation forward. With her years of legal experience, she can offer suggestions when solutions seem impossible. If frustration causes tension, her skills can help lower the temperature of the room. She can help keep everyone thinking rationally and behaving civilly as they work toward resolution.
Benefits of Divorce Mediation
Mediation Is Less Expensive
In court, every claim must be investigated and countered. This makes more work from your attorney at your expense. It also results in more courtroom time, and those costs add up.
When you attend mediation, you pay for your time with the mediator. Afterward, you submit your agreement to the court in Pasco county or the county where you reside, pay a few court processing fees, and shortly thereafter you are done.
Mediation Is Less Time-Consuming
A courtroom divorce can last months or even years. You must take time off work to attend meetings with your attorney, depositions, multiple hearings, and sometimes a lengthy trial. Furthermore, your attorney must spend time building your case and countering the claims against you. All this costs you time and money.
When couples attend mediation, they often find that they can resolve their concerns in one session. Typically, mediation lasts between two and three hours. In a more complicated divorce, you may need to attend multiple sessions, but the entire process takes far less time than a contested divorce.
Mediation Is Private
Any claim that a spouse makes in court becomes a matter of public record. There may be details about your relationship or finances that you may want to keep confidential.
Anything you say in mediation stays with the people in that room. The goal is to agree on the necessary terms of the divorce, not to drag one another through the mud. Your agreement becomes part of the public record, and that usually concerns property division, financial support, and so on. Anything else remains private.
Mediation Is Empowering
When you go to court, you have no control over the outcome. A Pasco county judge could render a biased, unfair ruling, and you have no choice but to obey it.
In mediation, you agree to every decision. You may not get everything you want, but you know that you had a say in every outcome.
Our Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator is here to help with your divorce mediation or any other type of family law mediation if you live in Wesley Chapel or other locations in Pasco County. For a free consultation, call us today at (813) 205-6675 or contact us online.