Fare Well with Family Mediation over Family Litigation

There is no question that divorce is a stressful venture. Not only does it take a toll on a family’s overall dynamic and emotional well-being, but divorce is a bank-breaker if handled by attorneys through family litigation in front of a judge in divorce court.

The majority of spouses and parents I know do their very best to protect their families. However, when a husband and wife choose to dissolve their marriage, divorce proceedings and family litigation becomes legal home-wreckers that severely and negatively impact each family member involved.

I recently referenced an article published in 2017, by Life Support Counselling that discussed the effects of divorce on families, which seems to support this common sense premise.

“It can be particularly difficult to cope with the breakdown of a family, through separation or divorce. How people deal with a separation or divorce is different for each person, and there is no right or wrong way of dealing with it.

“Children are often the most affected by a separation or divorce. The breakup of the parental unit brings with it many changes. Changes may be physical – the literal separation of each parent to different places of residences – as well as emotional: primarily the confusion and frustration of not understanding what is happening, or why,” the article stated.

Even during an amicable, mutually-accepted split, family litigation can be extremely expensive and stressful, and everyone pays a price. Between delays in scheduling, court costs, filing fees, attorney retainers and additional expenses, the dissolution of marriage can be a long, excruciating, costly process.

Why subject your family to this? Family mediation is a far less expensive and stressful option for families in the midst of divorce. As an alternative to court, mediation facilitates discussions between spouses that are monitored by a neutral, third-party mediator, who guides spouses toward cooperation, compromise and more peaceful agreements.

“Mediation is non-binding, so the parties work toward a voluntary agreement on key issues, which are then drawn up into a Settlement Agreement, which is enforceable. Parties participating in mediation have an incentive to reach an agreement, because they do not want to proceed to trial to be bound to the judge’s order instead,” according to Mediation.com.

As I stated above, it can take months or years to get a divorce case on a court docket to proceed with family litigation, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, which only serves to extend a family’s physical, mental, and emotional pain and trauma.

Conversely, family mediation is typically handled in a matter of days or weeks, depending upon a family’s circumstances. Although divorce and family mediation is still painful and traumatic, families fare much better with confidential mediation, as opposed to public litigation.

Successful Solution was established to provide family mediation in a neutral forum to help spouses and families deal with conflict, improve communication, solve problems and reach agreements in divorce cases. I currently offer online mediation, because it is more convenient and provides flexibility in scheduling to include evenings and weekends. Plus, couples can participate from the privacy and comfort of their own home or place of business.

Divorces are never easy and impact entire families.  Mediation helps to improve communication between spouses and de-escalate stress and conflict. Family mediation is, also, a more affordable way to help heal families outside of family litigation. That’s my goal as a mediator in the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida. Contact me today for a FREE consultation to avoid family litigation and reach a Successful Solution. 727.222.3686



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