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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: The Benefits of Co-Mediation in Divorce

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Benefits of Co-Mediation in Divorce

The word 'divorce' invokes a lot of hostile thoughts. Most who have never gone through it assume that the process is a long and trying one, and they think that the courtroom is essentially a war zone. But thanks to co-mediation, it doesn't necessarily have to be that way.

Co-mediation in a divorce is one way that couples can find relief from the stress of the process. Instead of battling against one another to see who can walk away with the majority of the assets, the couple can instead choose to hire a mediator, like Marshall Davis Brown of TX, and go about the situation amicably. Mediators are skilled in sitting a couple down and discussing all the important issues of divorce such as assets, finances, child custody, et cetera.

The reason co-mediation works so well is because it relieves the situation of animosity and nurtures an environment in which the couple can discuss things neutrally. Rather than focusing on emotions, it tends to focus on the facts and making sure that the outcome of the divorce is as fair as possible.

Mediation is used, generally, prior to the couple ever entering a courtroom. This way, when the case finally comes before a judge, the majority of the stipulations have already been agreed upon and it is mostly paperwork that needs to be addressed. This makes the trial quicker, more painless, and less expensive.

The difference between mediation and co-mediation is that in co-mediation, there are two mediators who work together as opposed to one. This is to prevent either party from feeling as though the mediator is biased and that their side is being heard. It also helps in strategizing when it comes to reaching a compromise, as it helps to have more brainpower and creativity for coming up with a conclusion that makes everyone happy.

In many situations, the couple will find that having both a male and female mediator present helps all issues to get resolved fairly and efficiently. However, it's simply important that each party feels that their views are fairly represented to minimize conflict and move the process along more quickly.

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