As a father facing the divorce process, it’s hard to understand what the future will bring. While you focus on your personal well-being, you must also concern yourself with your child (or children).
Many fathers are concerned about receiving fair treatment during their divorce. Instead, they assume that the court will favor their ex-wife with regard to child custody matters.
If this is something you’re thinking about, if you want to put yourself in better position to succeed, you should learn more about divorce mediation.
In short, divorcing fathers can benefit from mediation by avoiding the court process altogether. Instead of traditional litigation, you and your ex-wife, with the help of a mediator, work through your issues.
Most importantly, this gives you more control while providing the opportunity for your voice to be heard.
How does it work?
If you believe mediation could be the answer, you should first discuss this with your former spouse. Your ex-wife must agree to move forward in this manner as well. Fortunately, with so many benefits to both parties, most are willing to give mediation a try.
From there, the following steps come into play:
- First meeting. This is when both individuals, as well as the mediator, discuss the challenges at hand. For example, you’ll want to make it known that child custody is at the top of your list.
- Additional meetings. Once the “bones” are in place, you will then partake in further meetings to work through your differences. Remember this: Mediation is all about compromise. In other words, you have to give a little in order to get a little.
- The agreement. Finally, once you’ve reached an agreement with respect to every issue, the mediator will finalize the necessary documents for your review and signature.
Last, but certainly not least, it’s important to note that mediation does not mean you lose the right to consult with an attorney. Instead, you’ll want to work closely with an experienced legal team to ensure that you’re making the right decisions and every detail is in order.
Divorcing fathers have to contend with many challenges. If you want to save time and money, while also giving yourself a better chance of a favorable outcome, learn more about the divorce mediation process.