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Are There Downsides to Pursuing Mediation?

When a couple decides to get divorced, they have a few options for how to move forward. One popular option is mediation. This allows the couple to work together to develop a divorce agreement that works for both of them. While mediation can be a great choice for some couples, it's not right for everyone. In this blog, our court-approved mediator at Peak Mediation will discuss some potential downsides to pursuing mediation and share advice on determining if mediation is right for you.

Potential Downsides

Mediation, while beneficial in some ways, might not be the best solution for every couple. One potential downside to mediation is that it requires a great deal of communication and cooperation between the divorcing couple. If the couple cannot effectively communicate with each other, mediation will likely not be successful.

In addition, mediation can be emotionally difficult. The couple will need to be able to discuss sensitive topics, such as child custody and finances, in a mediation setting. If the couple cannot do this, mediation might not be right for them.

Determining if Mediation is Right for You

If you're considering mediation, it's important to sit down with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and have an honest conversation about whether or not mediation is right for you.

There are a few key questions you should ask yourselves:

  • Can we effectively communicate with each other?
  • Are we able to discuss sensitive topics in a mediation setting?
  • Do we want to try to work together to come up with a divorce agreement?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, mediation might be right for you. However, if you answered no to any of them, mediation might not be the best solution. If you're still unsure, we recommend meeting with a mediator to learn more about the mediation process and whether or not it would be right for you.

Alternate Paths to Divorce

At Peak Mediation, our court-approved mediator has years of experience helping couples through mediation. Contact us today if you're considering mediation by calling (719) 259-5944 to schedule a consultation. We'll help you determine if mediation is right for you, and if it is, we'll guide you through the process.