During mediation, couples work with an impartial third party on tough issues they need help resolving, such as child custody, spousal support, child support, and property splits. A mediator can't make decisions for you, but this professional can help you and your partner better understand all of your options. The ultimate goal of mediation is to reach a full agreement outside of court.
Important Information About Divorce Mediation
No divorce is easy, and arguments are common. It's almost never in either spouse's favor to battle it out with lawyers or need to go to court. Successful divorce mediation can help save you time, money, and mental anguish.
While mediation isn't cheap, it often costs less than a standard divorce trial, and it can speed up the separation process. Couples with complex issues may need several sessions with their mediator, while others with one or two simple issues may only require one session.
You can negotiate almost any part of your divorce during mediation. Ideally, you and your spouse will interview a couple to find the right fit, but you can also meet with mediators separately.
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Divorce Mediation Checklist
Find out how to prepare, understand how the process works, and what you should do before your first mediation meeting begins with this free, downloadable checklist.
Mediation for Child Custody
Courts typically offer two types of child custody: physical and legal. Some parents want exclusive rights to both, and others want to split the responsibilities.
Conversations about children can be tense, and it's hard to agree or to even understand all your legal rights without help. Mediators can guide you through this difficult topic, even if you're working with a difficult partner.
Types of Mediation
All forms of mediation involve conversations, but some versions work a little differently than others. Ideally, you and your spouse will meet with your mediator together, but mediators can also meet with you separately if you don't want to be in the same room or even on the same video call.
You may benefit from transformative mediation or evaluative mediation. Or you may prefer a private mediation with a professional you trust. A court-ordered mediation can also be helpful, even if you never thought you'd use a process like this.
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Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?
Divorcing couples often do not want to spend time together, and the idea of sitting with your partner in mediation could fill you with anxiety. Mediators are able to meet with you separately, but sometimes mediation still fails to help couples reach their own divorce settlement terms.
So, what if mediation doesn't work for you? A collaborative divorce could help you skip mediation and head right to separating property and assets. You could also use a lawyer instead of a mediator to solve difficult problems. And you could head to court and avoid talking with your former spouse altogether. Just know that you lose a lot of control over outcomes when you leave things up to the court's discretion.
When is Divorce Mediation Not Recommended?
There are instances where divorce mediation is not recommended. Find out when.
Other Things to Know About Divorce Mediation
Don't make snap decisions about any part of your divorce, including choosing your mediator. Mediation also requires a lot of preparation and a cooperative mindset to work. While the right mediator can be a massive help, you have work to do, too. Following a few tips and tricks can help.