Is mediation an effective way to end a marriage?
When your marriage ends, Ohio law gives you options on how to proceed through the requisite court process. One of these avenues allows you and your spouse to work with a mediator.
The divorce process is the only way to end a marriage legally. If you can settle issues outside of court, mediation may prove a viable prospect. Find out more about mediation and see if it may help you reach a divorce decree peacefully.
Who qualifies for mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows you to take your case outside the courtroom. When a couple cannot come to terms out of court, litigation is the only way to get it done. Any couple can try mediation before going forward into court.
What happens during mediation?
Mediation uses a neutral third party to facilitate compromise. If you and your spouse are cordial, the mediator may conduct an open conversation until you agree on the necessary components of divorce. However, if you and your spouse are particularly angry or emotional, the mediator may separate you and go back and forth with demands and concessions. This method avoids hostile interaction between you and your spouse. An agreement with a mediator is not legally binding until a judge signs it.
Is a collaborative divorce the same thing?
Ohio statutes allow couples to partake in a collaborative divorce process. While similar to mediation, it is not the same. During a collaborative divorce, you, your spouse and your respective representatives have a series of meetings to resolve your issues. There is no mediator, and a collaborative agreement becomes binding.
You may have a better chance of moving forward in a positive light after divorce if you and your ex settle outside of court.