Until you learn more about divorce mediation, you may assume that it’ll never work for you. However, even if you’re not getting along with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, there is a very good chance that you can resolve all your differences in mediation.
The key to success is to know exactly what to expect during the divorce mediation process. When you combine this with an understanding of your legal rights, you never have to worry about going down the wrong path.
The mediator will help
While a mediator does not play the same role as a judge, this person is trained in helping divorcing couples work through their differences. You can expect your mediator to do all of the following:
- Facilitate communication between both individuals
- Ask questions to ensure that both understand where things stand
- Provide information regarding the legal system
- Identify alternative ways to resolve disputes
The mediator doesn’t have the power to make decisions on your behalf, but this person can definitely assist by removing some of the questions marks associated with the process.
How long does divorce mediation take?
This depends largely on the complexity of your divorce and the willingness of both individuals to negotiate and compromise.
During the first meeting, you’ll discuss the many issues that need resolved during mediation. This is your time to lay everything out, so don’t hold back.
From there, you’ll partake in additional meetings during which you discuss the details regarding child custody, child support, spousal support and property division.
Do you have to go to court?
If you’re successful in working through everything in divorce mediation, there is no requirement to appear in court.
Conversely, if divorce mediation ends up in a dead-end, you’ll have to move your case to family law court so that a judge can take control of the process.
Knowing what to expect during divorce mediation can help you avoid costly and timely mistakes that cause more stress.
With mediation, you maintain a high level of control over the divorce process. Furthermore, you still have the opportunity to work closely with a family law attorney, ensuring that you always make decisions and compromises that are in your best interest.
For more information on mediation and other cost effective alternatives to litigation, visit the many pages of our website and blog touching on this subject matter.