If you are engaged in court proceedings you will be putting across your position to the court. The judge will have to decide how to divide your assets or make arrangements in respect of your children in accordance with statute and case law taking into account the positions of the parties.
Your case will then be listed in accordance with the court timetable, whether you are ready or not.
At the final hearing judgment will be given and the Judge will order how the family assets are to be divided or what the arrangement will be for your child(ren).
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes court is the only option, but words such as position, the parties, your case, judgment and order are polarising words and phrases.
Consider the different approach in mediation below.
In mediation both participants (who both willingly engage) provide their perspective within the process. There are no judgments and orders made – simply perspectives tested within the mediation sessions which (more often than not) lead to agreement.
Agreement can usually be reached within 3 sessions (sometimes more) scheduled to your pace and availability. For a final decision to be made by the court this is likely to take months.
If you are involved within court proceedings it is never too late to attempt mediation. The sessions are confidential and you will be able to speak freely and attempt (with the help of your mediator) to get to the crux of the difference in perspectives.
At Prism the majority of our participants are already involved in court proceedings. So, whatever stage you are at, why not consider whether mediation is the road you should go down?