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What does divorce mediation look like?

On Behalf of | May 4, 2017 | Collaborative Law, Divorce Mediation |

When compared to litigation, many people realize that mediation is the best way to move forward with their divorce.

In short, divorce mediation is meant to speed up the process while saving both individuals money. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why so many people are considering this as opposed to facing off in court.

Of course, before you decide in favor of divorce mediation, you want to get a better idea of what the process entails. This is the only way to ensure that you make the right decision.

Here is a basic outline of what to expect during divorce mediation:

  • The mediator will provide both sides with information on the goals of mediation, as well as the rules that all parties should follow.
  • Each side has the opportunity to discuss their point of view, without any interruption from the other person.
  • The mediator will start a mutual discussion between both parties in an attempt to push the process forward. In some cases, the mediator may want to meet with each party in private.
  • Once everything is laid out on the table, the mediator will help the parties negotiate a solution to every problem, ranging from child custody to spousal support to property division.
  • If both parties agree on a particular detail, the mediator will put it in writing.
  • In the event of an unsuccessful mediation, the mediator will summarize the discussions and help both individuals understand the steps they can take next.

Although a mediator is available to help both sides, remember this: The person is not in position to make a final decision. Instead, it’s up to the divorcing individuals to work through the problems on their own.

Despite the fact that you are not going to court, you will still want to work closely with a family law attorney. This person can help you through each mediation session, answering your questions and giving you advice on what a particular decision will mean to your future.

Nobody wants to go through a divorce, but it’s often easier to put this in the past when you opt for mediation. There are times when litigation is a must, but you should at least consider the benefits of mediation. This may be the best answer for you and your former spouse.