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In a divorce case, it is always in your best interest to come to an agreement with your spouse regarding certain issues. If you and your spouse are not able to reach an agreement, the judge overseeing your case will be forced to set the terms of your divorce settlement. While it is possible that these terms will be favorable for you, it is equally possible that the outcome will not prove beneficial. That is why judicial intervention should be avoided whenever possible. Thankfully, divorce mediation can often help couples to reach an agreement regarding key issues even if they have struggled to reach an agreement in the past. Below you can learn more about three of the key issues that divorce mediation could help you to address.
#1: Division Of Assets And Debts
The primary issue that must be addressed as part of your divorce settlement is the division of marital assets and debts. The more assets you have, the more difficult it will often be to resolve this issue. A divorce mediator can help you and your spouse to negotiate the terms of your property division so that these assets can be divided in the fairest way possible. Your mediator can also help to address the issue of marital debts to ensure that these debts are paid without having an unjust impact on either spouse's financial future.
#2: Spousal Support
If one spouse makes considerably more money than the other spouse, the issue of spousal support will need to be addressed. It is quite common for people to resist making spousal support payments. After all, if you have reached the point of seeking a divorce, there is a good chance that you and your spouse are not getting along very well. The idea of continuing to financially care for the person you want to divorce can understandably result in some pretty heavy emotions. With the help of a divorce mediator, you will be able to determine what type of spousal support is fair and hopefully agree upon the terms of this support with your spouse.
#3: Child Custody And Support
If you and your spouse have children, the issues of child custody and support will need to be addressed as part of the divorce settlement. In addition to determining which parent will retain physical custody of the children, you will also need to decide upon a visitation schedule, required support payments, and what involvement each parent will have in making major decisions regarding the child or children's care. This can be a very emotional issue for many people. This is especially true in cases where both parents wish to have primary physical custody. A divorce mediator can help you and your spouse to reach an agreement that is truly in the best interest of your children.
Reach out to a divorce mediation service provider to learn more.