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The divorce mediation process is easy to understand
As you first begin to contemplate divorce mediation, you may be concerned that the process will be confusing, full of tension, and difficult to handle from start to finish.
Fortunately, once you learn more about mediation, you’ll come to find that this is easy to understand.
This doesn’t mean you will move from start to finish in no time at all, but you shouldn’t run into any major challenges with regard to the way the process unfolds.
Here is what you should expect:
- First meeting: During this time, both individuals and the mediator lay out all the issues. This is your opportunity to make it clear as to what you hope to accomplish by agreeing to divorce mediation.
- Additional meetings: Once your first meeting is out of the way, it’s time to prepare for further meetings. Some people are able to work through all their differences in one meeting (although it’s not common), while it takes others much longer. Your goal during each meeting is to push closer to a final resolution. While the mediator is available to help, this person does not have the ability to make final decisions. That’s up to you and the other individual.
- The agreement: Once you work through each and every difference and agree on a solution, it’s time to sign a final agreement. The mediator will create the agreement for the review of each individual. Once you review and sign, it’s presented to a judge for final approval.
There is a lot to consider with regard to the divorce mediation process, but once you know what to expect you should be confident in your decision.
Although divorce mediation can be less stressful than litigation, it doesn’t mean you won’t have questions along the way.
Just because you are not going to court doesn’t mean you lose the right to consult with an attorney. You should still obtain legal help to ensure that you make the right decisions.
Divorce is complicated no matter what approach you take, but mediation may be able to save you time and money, while also eliminating some of the stress.