We have all heard the legendary stories of someone being taken to the “cleaners” by their ex-spouse. These stories have often created a deep seeded fear of separation and divorce that could lead to an individual being hostile, defensive and difficult to deal with.
It is rare that both spouses mutually want to separate. Typically one spouse wants the marriage to end while the other wishes to reconcile.
Many separating couples have family issues that are unique or specific to them. Some of those issues could be special needs children, family property, or self-employment.
The mediation process allows spouses the flexibility to address their own unique requirements and priorities. When going through the legal system, many issues are rigid with no allowance for flexibility. Mediation by contrast is more fluid, allowing separating couples the freedom to create unique agreements that reflect the specifics of their situation.