Mediation is often the most affordable way to reach a resolution during a divorce.
Some courts even require that couples attempt to mediate their divorce before going to a trial. Although the process is more affordable than going to a trial, it is not free. Typically, both spouses will split the cost of mediation.
Before you participate in mediation, it is important to have all of the requisite information that you need to reach an agreement. This includes any financial information, how much each spouse earns, any income fluctuation from year to year, etc.
It is also important to know what a settlement you can live with will look like before going to mediation. What are you willing to compromise on? What is non-negotiable for you? Additionally, you should think about these questions from the opposing side’s point of view. This will help you get an idea of what their position at mediation will be.
It is also important to work with the mediator and your attorney during mediation. Your attorney will help to ensure that you understand the law and any implications of a proposed agreement. Your attorney can also help select a mediator that has the experience and background necessary to be helpful in your specific case. For example, if your divorce involves complex assets, you might want to consider turning to a mediator who has extensive experience in dealing with high net worth cases.
Every Divorce Decree typically contains a method of resolving future disputes involving child-related matters. The parties may include a mediation clause in the Divorce Decree that states they will engage in mediation (or they may choose another alternative dispute resolution option) to address any child access related issues before being able to proceed to Court. This is a strategic decision that should only be done after consulting with an attorney.
The challenges posed by divorce are best faced with an experienced attorney by your side. A successful mediation requires a lawyer who will strive to achieve your goals. At Clausen & Hassan, our lawyers pride themselves on how they serve our clients. Please reach out today for your free consultation—you can call our office at (651) 647-0087 or contact us by email at email@example.com.