The Benefits of Divorce Mediation

ACCORD, A Center for Dispute Resolution, Inc., has been servicing the communities we live in to help in many ways. One of which is to help separating or divorcing couples navigate one of the most challenging situations. Those who are facing an impending divorce often think primarily about litigation. However, ACCORD can help to navigate this process in a less contentious and more cost-effective way. Divorce mediation can be a less formal way to ease anxieties as we provide a calming environment to best assist clients in meeting their needs.

Our divorce program intake specialist takes great care in identifying suitable cases. After taking the time to meet with clients individually and explain the process thoroughly, individuals can decide if mediation is the appropriate method for their case. Some divorce cases may not be suitable for mediation. It is important to note that in order for mediation to be effective for a divorce, it is important that both parties are willing and able to express needs, wants, and ideas related to child custody, pensions, financial distributions, and more.

Based on your needs, our intake specialist will pair you with the right mediator. It is very important to understand the role of the divorce mediator. They are not a judge and will not make any decisions. His or her goal is to assist both parties in reaching an agreement that is mutually acceptable and endurable for their situation. Unlike litigation, mediators can help craft a unique agreement that is created based on the client’s particular circumstances and their personal needs.

The mediator works diligently to listen to and understand what each person wants out of the process in order to benefit all parties. It is the task of the mediator to help both parties reach a suitable conclusion that is right for that couple and their family. Mediation has even been known to positively impact children who may be involved. Since mediation takes a more peaceful approach to conflict, children will see their parents working in a cooperative manner, also leading to more joint custody arrangements being awarded through mediation.

For many of our clients, divorce mediation is the most cost-effective option. We operate on a structured fee schedule that is associated with the incomes of individuals. Mediation tends to be the less expensive alternative to litigation. As opposed to having two attorneys, you are allotted one mediator who is most concerned with both parties working together to develop the best solution. If you would like to learn more about our program and/or initiate a case, please contact Debbie Wahl at or give us a call at (607) 724-5153.

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