Mediation is another alternative to divorce litigation. In mediation cases,
an impartial professional meets with the couple until (hopefully) an agreement
is reached. Mediation has success in certain cases but there are issues
with the process.
Initially, mediation often happens
after litigation has commenced. Therefore, if parties do not reach an agreement,
the matter reverts to the court system and continued litigation. Mediated
divorces also may not educate couples completely about the consequences
and ramifications of their choices. Mediators are not able to give advice
about the law, finances or co-parenting. As a result, major decisions
can be made without the proper guidance.
In addition, the success of the mediation process also depends to a large
extent on the skills of the mediator. If the mediator is not up to the
challenge, the process will fail.