How Divorce Mediation Works
Mediation is a collaborative divorce process that focuses on the needs of the individuals in the context of the family instead of the competitive & adversarial legal process where sides compete against each other.
Mediation offers an excellent alternative to the typical adversarial approach to divorce.
- It is much less expensive.
- It yields positive results for all involved – including your children.
- It gives you – not the legal system – power over the process and ownership of the results.
The participants and the mediator meet in a series of mediation sessions, usually 2 hours long. The entire process can usually be completed in 3 or 4 sessions.
During mediation you collect and share significant information and documentation with your partner, use creative thinking to develop and evaluate options for resolving issues, make mutual agreements together, and plan the best possible future for each of you and for your children.
Issues That Will Be Resolved
The main components of a legal divorce settlement – property division, financial support, and parenting plan – are accomplished by:
- Creating an action plan and prioritizing issues to be addressed
- Determine what information needs to be gathered and shared
- Assess if additional professional assistance is needed
- Share and document your assets and liabilities
- Make decisions about apportioning your property
- Create budgets for separate living
- Determine financial support needs: child support and/or spousal maintenance
- Develop a detailed and workable parenting plan.
All financial material and information is treated with the same care and concern as would be the case in a litigated divorce process. The final product of mediation is a Memorandum of Agreement which is a comprehensive document detailing your agreements and which serves as the basis for your documents which become legally binding when submitted to and accepted by the court.
Our free one-hour consultation will provide more information and answer your questions.