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Key questions to address before agreeing to divorce mediation

Are you faced with the divorce process? Are you concerned that the time and money associated with litigation will put you in an even worse situation?

If you find yourself thinking this way, it's time to learn more about mediation. While this isn't the right solution for every couple, some have found that it's the best way to put their divorce in the past.

For example, if both you and your former spouse are busy professionals you don't want to spend an excess amount of time working through your divorce. Instead, you may be able to work together to solve all your disagreements in a timely manner.

If you're interested in mediation for any reason, here are some of the key questions to address:

  • What is the job of the mediator? In short, this person is a neutral party who helps facilitate each session. The mediator does not have the ability to make decisions on behalf of either party. Instead, the mediator helps both individuals communicate in an efficient manner. This person has one goal: to move the process forward, a little bit at a time, until both sides are happy.
  • What does the process entail? Mediation is different for everyone, but it typically entails several meetings. The first meeting is when the couple and mediator discuss the issues that need to be resolved. From there, additional meetings are scheduled in order to work through the problems.
  • Are you still required to appear in court? As long as you work out everything in mediation, you will not have to appear in court. Instead, your mediator can file the appropriate documents with the court.

Along with the above, it's important to remember that you can still work closely with a divorce attorney during mediation. With the help of a legal professional, you never have to worry about making a mistake or being talked into something that is not in your best interest.

Divorce mediation will never be the right solution for every divorcing couple, but it definitely provides benefits to many. If you're concerned about the time and money associated with litigation, it's a good idea to learn more about mediation and how it could help you reach a final resolution with your former spouse. 

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