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Divorce mediation: The process

Many divorcing couples decide that mediation would be in their best interest. This is in contrast to litigation in which both parties work through their issues in court.

There are many benefits of mediation, including the ability to save both time and money.

As you get started, you'll want to learn more about how the process typically unfolds. Consider the following:

-- During the first meeting, the couple and the mediator will discuss the issues that need to be resolved. At this time, you should bring all your concerns to the forefront. It's best to put everything on the table upfront.

-- Second meeting. At this time, with the help of the mediator, you and the other party will begin to work through your issues. The mediator is not there to make decisions on your behalf, but instead to help both parties reach a compromise.

-- Additional meetings. Most people find that they are unable to resolve all their issues in one meeting. For this reason, they have to get together in the future in an attempt to finish things off.

-- The agreement. In the end, once a final agreement is reached, the mediator can submit the appropriate documentation to the court.

While this is a basic overview of how the process works, it should open your eyes as to what to expect during mediation. If you're lucky, you'll be able to work through every problem in a timely manner.

Divorce mediation isn't the right approach for every divorcing couple, but the benefits are difficult to deny. This is why many people are giving it a try.

Source: FindLaw, "Divorce Mediation FAQ," accessed March 24, 2017

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