When a couple decides to get divorced, they may not know where to start. There are so many things to think about – child custody, property division, alimony – the list goes on and on. In some cases, a couple may be able to work through these issues on their own. However, in other cases – particularly those involving high-conflict couples – it may be necessary to pursue a facilitated divorce. This type of divorce is done privately and on the couple’s own terms, with the help of a neutral third party known as a facilitator.
What is Facilitated Divorce?
A facilitated divorce is a private and amicable way to end a marriage without going through the traditional court process. This process involves working with a neutral third party – usually, an attorney or divorce facilitator – to help you and your spouse reach an agreement on important issues like property division, alimony, child custody, and child support.
What Does it Look Like?
When a couple chooses to pursue a facilitated divorce, they enter a process with two main steps: facilitation and mediation to create final agreements. In the facilitation phase, the couple will begin with filing for divorce and handling any court needs they might face. From there, they will begin with mediation, where they will meet with a mediator to discuss their contested issues and create unique agreements that work best for them. When all necessary agreements are created, then the divorce facilitator will help the couple finalize their divorce and move forward.
Advantages of Facilitated Divorce
There are many advantages to pursuing a facilitated divorce:
Privacy In Your Family Law Matters
For one, it allows you and your spouse to work through any disagreements in a private setting, without the stress and uncertainty of going to court. Overall, guided by experienced legal professionals, couples who pursue a facilitated divorce can be confident that they will have their needs met and be able to move forward in a positive, private way.
For those seeking absolute discretion in their family law matters, such as high asset couples, facilitated divorce can help protect your privacy and ensure that your divorce details are only known by the parties involved.
The Ability To Create Agreements Best for Your Family
Another advantage to using a facilitated divorce is that it allows you to create agreements specifically tailored to your individual needs and situations. This can be especially important when resolving issues such as child custody, where parents need the flexibility and ability to work together with their children’s best interests in mind.
Speediness In Resolution
Facilitated divorces often result in a faster, more amicable resolution than the traditional court process, as couples do not need to schedule a court hearing for their divorce agreements to be made. This can be helpful for those looking to get through the divorce process as quickly and painlessly as possible.
Whether you are a couple navigating high-conflict issues in your marriage or simply seeking an amicable way to resolve your differences, facilitated divorce can be a fast, efficient, and private option that works best for you and your family.
How Can I Begin the Process?
If you’re thinking about pursuing a facilitated divorce, you may have a lot of questions about what this process involves and whether it’s the right option for you. At Peak Mediation, our divorce facilitator can answer your questions and help you understand what this process involves and how it can benefit you. To learn more about facilitated divorce and whether it might be right for you, speak with a family law attorney or counselor today.
Alternate Paths to Divorce
Choosing to divorce is a highly personal decision that can heavily impact your family. At Peak Mediation, our divorce facilitator understands the unique challenges you may face along the way. Whether you are seeking a mediated or facilitated divorce, we can help you attain your desired outcome with minimal disruption to your family life.
To learn more about our divorce facilitation services and how they can benefit you, contact Peak Mediation today.