Who attends divorce mediation sessions?

Spouses have options when they get divorced. They may contest their divorce or have it remain uncontested. With an uncontested divorce, spouses have the option of going through divorce mediation. This process allows them to meet with a neutral third party to act as a mediator for their sessions. During these sessions, spouses are able to have their own attorneys present to assist them throughout the process.

What does mediation accomplish?

When couples engage in divorce mediation, they are able to decide on marital issues together. Instead of entering litigation to have a judge make decisions for them, they are able to avoid it by cooperating with one another to come to their own conclusion. These issues can involve child support, child custody arrangements, alimony and the division of assets. Mediation serves as a forum for spouses to cooperate with one another to agree on outcomes for each of these issues. By deciding on these issues instead of having a judge decide for them, the spouses may be more satisfied with the final outcome.

Since mediation requires the cooperation of both parties, it can be a difficult process. It may not work for everyone. Some couples may not be able to have productive conversations that work toward a final compromise on issues. This can make it nearly impossible to proceed with mediation. Couples should opt for mediation sessions to work together. If they cannot do that, they may not be able to reach compromises on these issues that are important to their future and their family.

How long does this process take?

Mediation is done at the pace that the spouses set. They are able to take as long as they need. Since this is true, it may be more beneficial to engage in mediation rather than court proceedings. Mediation may prove to be a quicker, easier process. Court proceedings can be time-consuming and often drawn out. Instead of creating a longer divorce process, spouses can enter mediation sessions knowing that they control the pace of the process. Since they control the pace, it may also prove to be less costly than court. Legal fees can pile up. With a shorter process, spouses can save money.  

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