If you’re preparing for divorce, it’s possible that you’ve thought about divorce mediation. But what is divorce mediation and how can it help you through the divorce process? Here, we’ll answer that and a few more common questions about divorce mediation services.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a type of settlement process used by married couples who want to divorce and domestic partners who want to separate. In this type of settlement process, the parties who want to get divorced will meet with a neutral third party in order to navigate the process as amicably as possible. This is an ideal option for divorce proceedings if you and your partner are in agreement about the divorce or if you’re trying to preserve your relationship so that you can effectively co-parent. Mediation is an excellent way to avoid the stress and cost of litigation, which can range anywhere from $15,000 to $42,500.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
As mentioned above, you and your partner will meet with a divorce mediator privately. This is a space where other lawyers and other family members are rarely allowed. Another lawyer may be present if there is a legal issue that you and your partner need to resolve during the mediation session. For instance, a child custody lawyer may be present if you need to work out the details of joint custody and child support. Mediation can also be part of the larger divorce process, where you’ll engage in litigation but see a mediator for a specific set of issues.
What Does a Divorce Mediator Do?
A divorce mediator, who may also be an attorney, is a neutral third party with specific training to mediate conflict. For the most part, a mediator’s job is to educate, guide, and facilitate conversation between the divorcing parties. First, a mediator will usually educate all parties on legal matters, financial matters, and the well-being of any children who are a result of the marriage being dissolved. They will also ensure that all rights and interests of each spouse are considered and respected.
Divorce mediation may not seem like the most conventional way to navigate divorce, but it certainly is effective in more ways than one. If you’re considering divorce mediation, don’t hesitate to contact our team today.