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Divorce Mediation FAQ

What is mediation?

Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which involves a neutral third party (a mediator) assisting two parties in coming to an agreement about a particular legal matter. Mediation may apply to a number of areas of law, including business disputes, employment matters, civil disputes, and divorce.

What are some of the benefits of divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation most often allows for a less expensive and more efficient process. Going to court is time-consuming and expensive and can cause a great deal of emotional trauma to all parties involved, particularly children. Divorce mediation allows for spouses to come to an agreement in a private setting. Spouses are able to be more creative in their agreements, as well, rather than simply complying with a court-ordered judgment.

How can a divorce mediation attorney help me?

Even in divorce mediation proceedings, your future may be at risk. You need an attorney on your side to represent your interests and help ensure you and your family are well-protected by whatever agreements you and your spouse come to. In addition to understanding the legal procedure involved with a divorce or legal separation, your attorney should take the time to understand your unique situation in order to effectively assist.

What are some issues that will need to be resolved during divorce mediation?

Divorce mediation may involve coming to agreements regarding child support, spousal support / alimony, visitation, child custody and property division. All are important issues that can greatly affect your future.

What is an uncontested divorce?

An uncontested divorce is one where both spouses reach an agreement stays out of the courtroom.

What is a contested divorce?

Spouses cannot always agree on all the terms of their divorce. In these situations, the case would need to go to court to be resolved. This is what is referred to as a contested divorce and can be extremely lengthy.