Most divorcing couples find it difficult to get along with one another. For this reason, they immediately assume that divorce mediation is out of the question.
Rather than look down on this strategy from the start, it's better to learn more about what it can do for you.
Here are six frequently asked questions associated with divorce mediation:
- What is the role of the mediator? A mediator is a neutral party trained to assist couples resolve all of the issues associated with divorce, such as those pertaining to property division and child custody. This person is not a judge, so they don't have the power to make final decisions on behalf of the divorcing couple.
- What does the process entail? During the first meeting, you'll discuss all of the issues to resolve during mediation. From there, you'll partake in additional meetings with the idea of negotiating and compromising until all issues are settled.
- How long does it take? There's no easy answer to this question, as it depends on factors such as the willingness of both individuals to cooperate and the complexity of the divorce. On average, it takes three or four two-hour sessions over the course of one to two months.
- Do you have to appear in court? As long as you work everything out in divorce mediation, there is no requirement to go to court. This can save you time, money, stress and aggravation.
- How is it possible to go through mediation when we can't get along? You don't have to get along with your soon-to-be ex-spouse to benefit from mediation. With the help of the mediator, you'll find it easier than expected to move through the process.
- Am I able to work with a family law attorney during mediation? Yes. Just because you're not going to court doesn't mean you have to tackle the divorce process on your own. Your attorney can accompany you to ensure that you understand your legal rights and protect them at all times.
Once you answer these questions, among any others on your mind, you'll have a better understanding of the divorce mediation process. With this knowledge, you'll have the confidence necessary to tackle your divorce head on with the idea of putting it in the past as soon as possible.