The divorce process doesn't necessarily entail litigation. Instead, you may be able to work through all your issues in mediation.
As you learn more about divorce mediation, you're likely to have a variety of questions. Here are five that you need to address before the process begins:
- How can we mediate when we don't get along? Even if you're on bad terms with your spouse, you can still resolve your issues through mediation. The mediator is trained to assist couples who are at odds and not on speaking terms.
- What are the primary responsibilities of the mediator? A mediator is a neutral third party trained to oversee mediation and help couples resolve all of their issues. Unlike a family law judge, a mediator doesn't have the power to make final decisions on behalf of the divorcing couple.
- How long does divorce mediation take? This differs from one couple to the next, as it depends largely on the issues at hand and the willingness of both parties to negotiate and compromise. During the first meeting, you'll hash out all the issues. Subsequent meetings are when you discuss these issues in an attempt to resolve them.
- Do you have to appear in court after divorce mediation? As long as you resolve all your issues, you're not required to make a court appearance. Instead, the mediator can file the appropriate paperwork with the court, making the decisions legally binding.
- Does it make sense to work with an attorney during divorce mediation? It's a common myth that you only need an attorney if you're going through litigation. You have the opportunity to consult with an attorney throughout mediation. Your legal team can guide you through the process, protecting you against mistakes and poor decisions.
As you head into divorce mediation, it's natural to have concerns about how it will unfold. When you prepare for everything, such as by answering these questions, you're in position to deal with anything that comes your way.
Divorce mediation doesn't work for everyone, but you may find it's the most efficient and effective way to dissolve your marriage.
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