What is divorce mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process in which divorcing spouses negotiate an acceptable divorce agreement with the help of a neutral third party: the mediator. The mediator helps the spouses to communicate and negotiate, but does not make any decisions for them. Using the information provided in mediation, the parties tailor an agreement that best suits their individual needs and those of their children.
What if my spouse does not agree to mediate?
Both parties must agree to mediate the issues involved in the divorce and both must be present at all sessions. For assistance in presenting mediation as an option to your spouse, please contact us for information materials.
How much does mediation cost and how long does it take?
The cost of mediation depends on the particular needs of the divorcing couple. Mediation will take far less time than litigation since all meetings take place with both parties present and on their schedule rather than that of separate attorneys or the courts. By working together toward settlement, the parties are able to share and receive information and make decisions in a far more timely manner than in private meetings with litigating attorneys in an adversarial process. In the free consultation, your mediator will review the facts of your case and provide you with a fee estimate and a timeline for the completion of the case.
What are some of the issues discussed in divorce mediation?
While each marriage has its own unique issues, some of the more common issues discussed during the divorce mediation process include:
* Equitable distribution of the marital estate, including the marital residence, retirement accounts, investments, etc.;
* Marital vs. non-marital assets and debt;
* How to approach discussions with your children about the decision to divorce and the decisions made in mediation;
* Custody and visitation;
* Child support;
* Spousal / alimony support;
* Future child education costs;
* Reliable advice for a secure financial future;
* Relocation issues;
* Tax considerations.
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“We had no idea where to begin, but after our first meeting we came to understand that mediation is a structured process and that our mediator was there to guide us to resolution.” – Anonymous, NY, NY.