Divorce Mediation is an alternative to traditional, litigated divorce. In Divorce Mediation the spouses work together with an impartial third party (Divorce Mediator) to work out a separation agreement that will govern the family’s post divorce life. The Divorce Mediator helps create an atmosphere of trust and openness thereby empowering spouses to express their needs and desires and to work through emotionally charged issues to develop a legally-binding separation agreement.
Divorce Mediation can be an amicable, less cost-intensive, and less time-consuming alternative to the traditional, often expensive, and antagonistic divorce process. Divorcing through the Divorce Mediation process saves not only time, but also saves money and greatly reduce emotional distress.
Yes. Your Divorce Mediator will keep all the information discussed in the Divorce Mediation sessions confidential. In litigation, everything becomes part of the public record; even personal matters that the parties might wish to keep private. This is one of the big differences between mediation and litigation. Most mediations end successfully, without litigation. However, in the rare event that Divorce Mediation ends and litigation takes place, a Divorce Mediator cannot be forced to reveal confidential information on a case or testify in that divorce case.
The Divorce Mediation process is different for every couple. Couples proceed at a pace they feel comfortable with. A typical divorce using the Divorce Mediation process can take two to three months or less. A litigated divorce can often take a year or longer to finalize.
If spouses decide that Divorce Mediation is not right for them or if they are not pleased with the outcome, the couple may stop the process at any time and retain individual attorneys. The divorce would revert to traditional litigation process and a judge decides the outcome of the divorce.
Children are major beneficiaries of the Divorce Mediation process. Studies show a direct correlation between the amount of conflict exhibited between divorcing parents and potential difficulties experience by their children. The divorcing couple discusses and resolves issues regarding their children including visitation, child support, custody rather than having these terms imposed on them by a third party that may not be familiar with the family and know what is best for the children.
Divorce Preparation Checklist
1Hire an attorney
2Get a copy of your credit report
3Organize your financial information
4Get clarity about debt
5Set up separate bank accounts
6Store your valuables in a safety deposit box and notify your spouse in writing
7Get a cell phone, email address, etc. in your own name