Marriage Counseling or Mediation?

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When a couple decides to get divorced, there are many decisions that need to be made. One of the most important is whether or not to pursue reconciliation. In some cases, this can happen during the mediation process. However, reconciliation is not always possible for divorcing couples. Our divorce attorney at Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC shares what couples should understand about reconciliation in the divorce process.

What is Reconciliation?

Reconciliation is the act of making amends or restoring a relationship. When it comes to divorce, reconciliation typically happens when couples decide to work on their marriage and try to make things work again. This can happen at any point during the divorce process, even after the divorce has been finalized. However, reconciliation is not always possible for every couple.

There are many reasons why couples might choose to reconcile. For some, it is because they still have strong feelings for each other and want to try to make the marriage work. Others reconcile because they want to avoid the negative consequences of divorce, such as financial instability or the impact on their children. And, reconciliation can also be pursued for religious reasons.

What Are the Chances of Reconciliation?

The chances of reconciliation vary from couple to couple. It really depends on the severity of the issues that led to the divorce in the first place. If a couple has been able to work through similar problems in the past, they may be more likely to reconcile. However, if the issues are too severe or there is too much resentment, reconciliation may not be possible.

When Should Couples Seek Marriage Counseling?

Marriage counseling can be a helpful step if a couple is considering reconciliation. Working with a counselor can help couples identify the issues that led to the divorce and work on resolving them. Counseling can also help couples learn how to communicate better and resolve conflict in a healthy way.

What If Reconciliation Is Not Possible?

If reconciliation is not possible and the couple files for divorce, mediation can be a good alternative. Mediation is a process where couples can work with a neutral third party to negotiate the contested terms of their divorce.

Through mediation, the couple can create flexible agreements with the guidance of the mediator to help resolve their biggest divorce issues. Similarly to reconciliation, if the couple wishes to pursue mediation, they need to be able to communicate effectively and be willing to collaborate. If the couple is not willing to collaborate, mediation might not be an effective option for them.

Deeper Understanding. Better Solutions.

If you are considering reconciliation or mediation, our team at Law Offices of Michael D. Iverson, APC can help. We understand the complexities of the divorce process and can help you navigate this difficult time. Call us today at (951) 418-2770 to schedule a consultation with our attorney.

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