Are you ready to move forward with the divorce process? Is your spouse on board with the idea of giving mediation a try?
If you find yourself in this position, you shouldn’t assume that divorce mediation will be the answer to all your questions. Fortunately, with the right approach, this could work out in favor of both individuals.
Generally speaking, divorce mediation sessions last somewhere in the one to two hour range. Here is how the process typically plays out:
— First meeting. At this time, both parties, with the help of the mediator, discuss the details that need to be worked out. From there, they also decide what information to gather and share. After this meeting, it’s important for both individuals to gather the necessary information, such as financial data.
— Additional meetings. At all additional meetings, discussions are based on compromise and how to move forward in the best interest of both parties. The mediator helps push the conversation forward, ensuring that the individuals make progress.
— Final agreement. Once an agreement has been reached, one all details have been discussed, the mediator drafts a final agreement which can be reviewed by the individuals and their legal team.
As you can imagine, there is more to divorce mediation than meets the eye. Sometimes, for example, a particular detail may pose difficulties. However, if both parties remain dedicated to the process, everything has a way of working out in the end. With the ability to save time and money via mediation, many divorcing couples are giving this a try before heading to court.
Source: FindLaw, “Divorce Mediation FAQ,” accessed March 03, 2017