Recently, the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos announced he and his wife are divorcing. While he may have significantly more money than the average person filing for divorce, his options for how he approaches his divorce are the same as everybody else’s. He and his wife, guided by their lawyers, may choose mediation, negotiation, collaboration, or litigation to resolve their issues.
Mediation is a process that involves the parties, their lawyers, and a neutral third party. The neutral third party listens to the wants and needs of both sides, and works to arrive at a resolution the parties are happy with. One benefit of mediation is the parties can be creative in how they approach their situation and address their needs. For example, there is no provision in the law that permits a judge to order a spouse’s new girlfriend to refrain from worshiping at the same church as the current spouse. However, this may be a mediated condition of the divorce.