Divorce is one way to legally end your marriage. While the term is easy to define, it can often be an arduous and stressful process. Mediation is a way to avoid the drawn-out court process. It is important to speak with a family attorney about your particular situation, but the following will offer some helpful information about divorce mediation:
Mediation is about finding solutions to the major issues involved in divorce, such as the distribution of property, child custody, and child support. Both parties and their attorneys meet with a court-appointed mediator. The mediator is a neutral third party that does not work for either spouse.
Role of the Mediator
Since the mediator is an objective party, he or she will not take sides. The mediator’s job is to keep you and your spouse focused, keep the lines of communications open, and brainstorm ideas that will satisfy both parties in the divorce.
Length of Mediation
The amount of time you spend in mediation depends entirely on you and your spouse. You may find it difficult to believe that you and your spouse will be able to communicate successfully, but the goal of mediation is to resolve your divorce equitably and do what is in the best interests of your children. The average time for mediation is three to six months, while a divorce that proceeds through litigation takes an average of two years.
One of the key advantages of mediation is that the process is confidential. If your divorce goes through litigation, you will have a court reporter taking down your every word in court and your financial information is part of the public record.
Are you considering filing for divorce? If so, then it is best to consult with a divorce lawyer who can advise you of your rights. Whether you are considering mediation or litigation, you want to ensure that you and your children receive what is fair in the divorce. At Fox and Fox Attorneys at Law, we are experienced in representing Montgomery County residents in family law cases. Call us at (610) 275-7990.
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