Marriage is one of the most unique relationships people will experience in their lives. There are distinct challenges that couples deal with in marriage that don’t arise in other types of relationships. Generally, people are not as prepared to deal with marriage as they might be with friends or co-workers because with those types of relationships there are learned experiences to fall back on. Whereas with marriage, we typically only experience it from afar until we are actually married.
Therefore, it shouldn’t be surprising when marriage doesn’t reflect the bliss experienced at the wedding or the initial “honeymoon period“. Marriage can and often is a rocky turbulent relationship with many peaks and valleys. This is reflected in the fact that approximately 50% of marriages end in divorce or separation.
Marital Mediation is a tool that can be used to deal with many issues that arise from marriage. Couples utilize mediators to work through issues to stay married. Including issues dealing with money – prioritizing finances or issues with infidelity, intimacy issues, problems with their children or just communication breakdowns in general.
Marital Mediation can also be used to follow through with divorce. Hiring an attorney can be an expensive ordeal that not many couples can afford. Using a mediator to facilitate divorce is a cheaper, quicker process where there are no “winners” or “losers”. It is a less contentious affair and the couple has agency in determining the outcome.
So the next time you hear about a couple having a conflict, suggest they seek mediation instead of calling their BFF or divorce attorney.