In recent news, a divorce is off to a rocky start as two famous film producers battle over an agreement. Michael Moore, a well-known filmmaker, is being accused of failing to pay royalties. Ex-wife Kathleen Glynn, an award-winning television producer, is petitioning for arbitration.
It’s reported that Moore slowed down the process of the divorce settlement by failing to be accessible to their arbiter.
Their arbiter, Kenneth Suddleson, attempted to help Moore and Glynn reach an agreement through mediation over the telephone. Unfortunately, the mediation and arbitration plan was unsuccessful and the process extended out to years. Now Glynn is seeking a court order for further arbitration hearings.
Ways to avoid a lengthy divorce process
Sometimes, for whatever reason, a spouse may want to delay a divorce. Possible intentions might include punishing their ex, gaining financial benefits or withholding finances. An unwilling spouse could do a number of things to postpone the process, such as:
- Not signing documents
- Asking for extensions
- Missing mediation dates
- Continuously changing lawyers
- Not returning phone calls or emails
As a spouse on the other end of things, this can be incredibly discouraging. Not only can delays be costly, but it puts your whole life at a stand-still.
There are a few tips that spouses can consider when going into mediation, which includes:
- Focusing on the future
- Not trying to “fix” the relationship
- Being realistic about dividing assets
- Showing up to one-on-one sessions with the meditator
Divorce is in no way easy. While mediation is a preferred method, it doesn’t always make the process go smoother than others. With the right guidance, you can end your marriage successfully.