For those looking to save time, heartache and expense when they go through a divorce, they may wish to consider mediation. Divorce mediation is an agreement between two people with the intention of avoiding litigation. The divorcing couple works with a neutral third party who is specially trained to help mediate disputes. You can use mediation to resolve issues regarding child custody, child support, spousal support and property division, as well as any other issues that may arise through the divorce.
In the mediation process, the mediator first meets with both parties to get general information about them, their children, and their situation. The mediator will also explain the mediation process in more detail, and may request further information from them. A second meeting is then usually held to develop an agreement by which you and your spouse will allocate how each person will care for the children.
You will also work on creating a financial settlement that will work for both parties. You will each be required to share your full financial information with the other party, and disclose assets, debts and liabilities.
You must also determine how any property you and your spouse have together will be divided. Should a home be put up for sale, or does one spouse want to buy the other one’s interest? How about rental property – who will manage it and how will the other spouse be compensated?
Once you have reached agreements on these issues, the mediator will prepare a final document that must then be drafted as a separation agreement or a consent order.
Having an attorney advise you during mediation can be very helpful. For one thing, you will want to know what you are entitled to in court before you take a particular position or concede on another point. An experienced attorney can also advise you what issues are customarily agreed to during mediation. Jonathan Meek has handled many family law matters and will ensure that your mediation is conducted efficiently and effectively.
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