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Divorce Mediation

When a couple agrees to divorce mediation, a neutral third party becomes involved in the case to work out a divorce settlement. A divorce mediator will typically give each side a candid evaluation of the case early in the divorce, giving each person a realistic appraisal of the potential outcome in divorce court.

A divorce mediator can't order parties to agree, give legal advice or act as a divorce lawyer. Unlike a judge, the mediator doesn't issue a binding judgment but tries to facilitate a fair divorce settlement to prevent the expense and stress of litigation. Divorce mediation is a voluntary, and both parties may want to consider having a divorce lawyer present during mediation.

During divorce mediation, the mediator can help the parties stay on track so negotiations move forward. If a divorce settlement can't be reached, the case will go back to divorce court, but everything said and done during the divorce mediation process is kept confidential and inadmissible in court. Also, if at any time either party feels that it's not working out, the divorce mediation may be stopped.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

  • If couples can reach an agreement, they are both often happier than if a judge makes personal decisions about the family life.
  • Divorce mediation may reduce the amount of time a couple spends in divorce court. The judge typically only has to approve the divorce settlement.
  • Couples who make decisions during divorce mediation are often satisfied and may not have to return to court to modify the divorce decree.

What Can Be Decided At Divorce Mediation?

Parents can use divorce mediation sessions to work out child custody and child visitation schedules. The divorce mediation process can help parents work out a long-term parenting plan that will best serve the children and parents.

The divorce mediator may also make suggestions to both parties about what might be considered fair in the division of debts and assets. Before attending divorce mediation, you might want to talk with a divorce lawyer so you're informed about how the divorce court might rule on your case if an agreement cannot be reached. This insight can help you make good decisions during the divorce mediation process.

Talk to a Divorce Lawyer about Divorce Mediation

A divorce lawyer will work with you to convince the mediator of the strength of your case. Understand the legal impact of your decisions with the help of a divorce attorney. A divorce lawyer may help you maximize your recovery and protection. Connect today by filling out a divorce case review form or calling 877-349-1310.

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