If you choose mediation for your Washington divorce, you should be aware of the downsides to the process so that you can be aware of common issues before you begin.
First and foremost, it is important to understand that mediation simply does not work for some couples. Couples who cannot find a way to communicate properly, compromise, and come up with an agreement regarding the division of property and a parenting plan will have to have a judge decide what is fair. When mediation fails, your divorce will return to the court system and you will likely lose time and money.
Secondly, mediation may cause the problems between you and your spouse to surface. Some couples divorce because of issues with communication, troubles with finances, or just because their personalities conflict. Divorce mediation requires that both partners are able to put aside feelings and work out the details of their divorce. This can be emotionally difficult—and sometimes prevents mediation from working at all.
Thirdly, both you and your spouse must be honest and trustworthy. Mediation requires both husband and wife to openly share the details of their financial lives, be honest about what they need and want, and to speak the truth. It is easier for a partner to hide assets during mediation or for the final settlement to favor one person over the other. If you or your partner does not completely adhere to the mediation process, it may not work well for you.
Would you like legal guidance during your Washington divorce mediation? Contact the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to schedule an appointment with an attorney: 425-460-0550.