If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage or just are considering parting, you may be well-served by seeking mediation before making any final decisions or filing any official paperwork.
“Family mediation” refers to the mediation of disputes in actions for divorce, annulment, establishment of paternity, child custody or visitation, child or spousal support. Among the benefits of using a mediator to resolve conflicts is that he or she can save you a great deal of time, aggravation, and attorney fees.
Mediation programs can be beneficial to couples who are beginning divorce proceedings as well as to those who have long been divorced. These programs have been proven to save money by avoiding or ending court battles that cause attorney’s fees to pile up and may take years to conclude. They also promote positive dispute resolution rather than adversarial procedures. Protracted court proceedings can leave families split apart by hard feelings and recriminations. It can also make any ongoing co-parenting more difficult than is beneficial to either you or your children.
If a couple enters into a mediation program, they still need legal representation to advocate for their interests and ensure that the mediation resolves the issues that are in dispute. An attorney who understands and is experienced in mediation is important in these circumstances.
Mediation and Arbitration Questions
Further, you and I will advise the mediator what we do or do not want shared with your spouse and your spouse’s attorney!
Sometimes, the parties mediate by all being in the same room together. This is common if your mediation is taking place at a county dispute resolution center.