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Marital split-up doesn't have to give you a splitting headache

You have finally decided to end your marriage, but you feel conflicted. You are eager to complete the divorce process and move on with your own life. At the same time, you are worried that your divorce process will be a drawn-out battle that will take away your peace of mind.

Fortunately, a marital split-up does not have to be an acrimonious experience. With mediation, you and your future ex can more efficiently resolve your divorce issues in West Virginia.

What is mediation?

Mediation refers to an informal process for resolving divorce conflicts, which involves a third party who is neutral. In mediation, you and your future ex-spouse can discuss your issues, pinpoint areas where you can agree and clear up any misunderstandings you may have. The mediation process is helpful when tackling issues such as property division and spousal support.

Fast and less expensive process

Compared with traditional divorce litigation, mediation is much faster. It may take a few weeks, whereas a lawsuit might take a few months or longer to resolve. Because this process is so quick, it is also generally more cost effective than going to divorce trial is.

A more laid-back process

One of the biggest advantages of mediation is that it is not as formal as litigation. As a result, you and your future ex can feel more involved than you would in a process that is court driven. After all, in court, couples face a large number of rules as well as procedures intended to keep them separate.

A private, empowering and relationship-preserving process

Unlike a court case, which is public, mediation sessions are usually confidential. This means no transcripts or records of your sessions will exist, and anything introduced as evidence during a mediation session is not for revealing or use at a later time.

In line with this, you can feel much more in control of your divorce proceeding and its outcome. In addition, you and your former spouse have a greater chance of preserving your relationship beyond the divorce, which is particularly critical if you will co-parent in the future.

If you choose mediation to tackle matters related to your marital split-up, your independent third party will ultimately focus on your interests and needs. You have the right to seek the most personally favorable outcome while working toward a settlement with your former spouse.

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