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What Is Mediation?

Deciding how to approach your divorce can be overwhelming. Many may believe that there is only one way to go through a divorce through the courts. However, this is not the case. There are other ways to discuss the terms of your separation and reach agreements that work for both parties.

One method is known as divorce mediation. A process that involves a third-party negotiator to guide individuals through discussing the aspects of their divorce. Rech Law, P.C. can help explain this process, providing you with the information you need to find the best option for you.

Mediation Explained

Divorce mediation is a process that requires having a third-party negotiator help individuals negotiate the terms of their separation. These sessions typically take place in a neutral setting. It is important to note that mediators are not legal experts but simply help the spouses find the best agreement for them. However, you can still consult your attorney before and after sessions to prepare for the process.

When negotiating, you will discuss all aspects of your divorce—for example, child custody and support and property division. You will have the opportunity to speak your mind on these issues, communicating what you think is best for you and your family. You can leave your divorce feeling more satisfied with the finalized agreement by having this opportunity.

What Happens In Mediation Sessions

When going into mediation, it is important to be prepared. That way you can focus on negotiating the terms of your divorce.

Before

Before the mediation process can begin, it is important to provide your mediator with all of the necessary information. They will want to know about your background, as well as the circumstances of your divorce. You will have the opportunity to discuss the things you think need resolving as well. Having an attorney can immensely help prepare, as they can ensure that you have extensively documented what you need

out of the mediation process.

During

Once mediation begins, there are several potential arrangements that you may encounter. Some mediators decide to negotiate having both parties in the same room. Couples may also meet in separate rooms if necessary. If attorneys are involved, the mediator may choose to meet with them first, gaining more perspective on the situation. However, the best arrangement for the couple will be determined.

At the beginning of the mediation, each spouse will have the chance to speak their piece about the divorce. The mediator may ask questions for additional clarification, ensuring that they understand what is occurring. The mediator will be able to explore and ascertain what aspects the couple does not agree on, for example, child custody.

Reaching an agreement may feel impossible; however, it can be done. Keep in mind that you must keep an open mind and be willing to compromise in mediation. Without compromise, you will not be able to reach an agreement. Remember the benefits of mediation, such as less time and money involved, as well as your children not having to endure additional stress.

After

If you can reach an agreement through negotiations, the mediator will help you write your final agreement detailing the specifics of your divorce. Furthermore, they can help you create a viable parenting plan and schedule, easing the co-parenting process. If you cannot reach an agreement, those issues will be taken to court.

Attorneys That Can Help

Having an attorney in your corner during mediation can help you better prepare for the process. The team at Rech Law, P.C. can help you navigate mediation, assisting you in reaching an agreement that works.

Call our team today for assistance in the divorce process at (704) 659-0007.

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