Divorce in Indiana is often tough. The situation becomes even more emotional when your kids are affected. Carrying out a divorce in court can also take a financial toll on you and your family. Divorce mediation is worth considering for a peaceful and less expensive end to your marriage.
Divorce mediation is when a neutral person helps a divorcing couple resolve issues related to divorce. The process gives you and your spouse more control over the divorce. But divorce mediation isn’t necessarily the best choice for your situation. Here are some ways to determine if divorce mediation is right for you.
Divorce is a mutual decision
Some couples agree that divorce is their best option. Spouses who agree to divorce are more likely to succeed with divorce mediation. It’s easier to discuss and decide on divorce-related issues when you agree to the divorce.
Domestic violence isn’t an issue
You’ll meet with your spouse often during divorce mediation. If there’s no history of domestic abuse, then mediation could work for you. However, if there is domestic abuse mediation possibly isn’t the best choice. Violence could erupt during meetings. Also, the abused spouse might make decisions based on intimidation or fear from the abuser.
You’re comfortable sharing financial information
Finances are often a touchy subject when you file for divorce. One or both spouses might feel uncomfortable sharing financial information with the mediator or with each other. If that’s not an issue with your spouse, you can consider divorce mediation.
You agree on child custody and there’s no history of child abuse
If you both agree to co-parent, divorce mediation can help work out the details. The same applies if there’s no claim of child abuse. During mediation, you decide on issues concerning your child (or children). You can finalize plans about daily childcare, child support and visitation rights.