Even if you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are on bad terms, it doesn't mean you can't benefit from divorce mediation. With the right approach, you may find that this is the quickest and most efficient way to put your marriage in the past.
As you move into the divorce mediation process, it's important to be fully aware of what will and won't happen along the way. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:
- First meeting: This is when you sit down with the other person and the mediator to discuss all the issues at hand, such as those associated with child custody, alimony and property division.
- Follow-up meetings: During these, you work to push the process forward. Some people are able to resolve all their issues in a couple meetings, while others require much more time. The mediator is available to assist, but is not permitted to make any final decisions on behalf of either person.
- The agreement: Once you work everything out, the mediator will draft the agreement. From there, you can review the agreement with your legal team to ensure that you fully understand all the details.
Finally, the mediator files the appropriate documents with the court. From there, you are not required to make any additional appearances, either with the mediator or in a traditional courtroom setting.
When you know what to expect during the divorce mediation process it's much easier to feel good about where you fit in. Add this to knowledge of your situation and legal rights, and you're in position to efficiently finalize your divorce.