People often ask – what is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that aims to resolve the major issues in a divorce without the need for litigation. It is no surprise that many separating couples cannot agree on certain issues, especially involving co-parenting or finances. When spouses take their cases to court, it can be a costly and stressful process, and the resolution of their issues is out of their hands. It is always preferable to reach a fair agreement out of court whenever possible, and mediation helps many people do so.
Here are some of the issues that mediation can help resolve so that your divorce can proceed:
- The division of marital or family assets.
- Child custody.
- Child support.
- Spousal support
In mediation, the two spouses will meet with a mediator, who is a third party neutral with no bias. This neutral mediator will learn about your circumstances and facilitate discussion, hoping to reach an agreement on any unresolved issues. Spouses meet with their mediator until they reach a resolution on all issues.
From there – the mediator will draft a separation agreement and forward to you for review and when you are ready will prepare the application to the court for divorce.