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What to know about Oklahoma divorce mediation

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2023 | Family Law |

An Oklahoma divorce doesn’t always have to look like a lengthy trial with lots of arguing between the spouses. Sometimes, the couple amicably splits up or doesn’t want to deal with the court any more than they have to.

In these cases, the couple may attend divorce mediation. The goal is that the couple will mutually agree to the terms of a divorce by the time they appear in court.

What is divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation allows a couple to make joint decisions about their divorce with the help of a third-party mediator. In these sessions, the couple may talk about custody, alimony, a very specific joint asset or a myriad of other things that may come up in a courtroom.

Of course, this can also be done outside of mediation. But the benefit of mediation is that you have a third party there. This paid third party will be a nonpartisan facilitator, making sure that each person has enough time to speak and is communicating clearly, without intense emotions making it harder.

Who needs mediation?

Mediation is a wonderful option for divorcing couples who want (or need) to communicate after the divorce. Parents with joint custody need to be able to peacefully co-parent with their ex-spouse, and using a mediator can help nurture that sort of relationship.

A third-party mediator will remind the couples to breathe and stay calm, regardless of their anger. Even if there is no anger and it’s an amicable split, a mediator is an excellent resource who can help make sure the lines of communication stay open.

Sometimes the court can order a couple to go to mediation if it believes there’s an issue to be solved there. But ultimately, it’s mostly up to the couple to decide if a mediator is right for them.

Everyone needs a little help now and then. Hire a mediator to alleviate some of the inevitable stress in a divorce.