It's tough these days for married couples. There are so many easy outs when time gets tough. Divorce is one of the most common legal problems that people face and it can happen to anybody. There is no discrimination on who is separating or getting divorced.
Some couples separate and never actually divorce. Dating becomes an issue in this matter. The concept of dating or living with someone else while you are still legally married shocks some people but it happens all over the place. Divorces are not final and you meet someone knew. This has always caused a lot of tension in any divorce, especially if the estranged spouse was cheating on you before you spirited.
This scenario is typical in many divorce situations and it makes things difficult and can turn a nice divorce into something ugly in just a matter of minutes. These problems keep estranged spouses locked up in court for years without hope of ever resolving the situation. For this reason and others, many courts have adopted a policy of mandatory divorce mediation.
Divorce mediation may sound scary, but it's really not. They only make it mandatory because that is usually the only way to get both parties to actually show up and participate. Divorce mediation can solve many problems before they start.
People often don't recognize the many issues involved in a divorce. Parenting for one puts a strain on any relationship, let alone one going through displacement and divorce. Mediation can tackle many concerns for the parenting issues before they grow out of control. And continued mediation can work out any parenting divorce problems that might arise in the future.
Another way that divorce mediation can help is by opening the door to communication throughout the divorce. Dating someone new for instance can cause problems between estranged spouses. But in an effective mediation situation, these effects can be minimized through communication.
Divorce mediation is seen as one of the best ways to finalize a divorce. It makes it so the estranged spouses must communicate instead of resorting to attorneys for all correspondence. Many states and courts have recognized this and put this into action. In many jurisdictions, you must have proof you attempted divorce mediation before the court will schedule a hearing.
If you have proof that your estranged spouse refuses to attend mediation, the court will actually order them to it and hold them in contempt if they don't' show. This is accompanied by a rather significant fine and a date with the judge whose time you may be wasting. Not a good foot to start out on if you want to win your case.
In all things that are brutal and ugly, the worst can be said of divorce. However, with divorce mediation being such a force in the common courts today, there may be a shift to straight out mediation. Only time will tell on this fact, but remember, mediating a divorce is easier and generally cheaper than to go to war. If you have kids, it will lessen the scars as well.