Mediation is Best For Uncontested Divorces
Q. What does a mediator do?
A. The mediator is a third-party between you and your spouse. They act as a facilitator that helps the two parties figure out what is equal and fair.
Q. Do mediators have to be lawyers?
A. Many mediators are , in fact, lawyers. However, a law degree is not necessary to be one.
Q. How to find a divorce mediator.
A. The internet or yellow pages are the best places to start. Search ‘local attorneys’ or your state’s ‘mediation association’. Be sure to ask how long the mediator has been practicing and how many cases they have mediated. Also, ask “what are your fees?” and “is my consultation free?”.
Q. How much does mediation cost?
A. A mediator will charge upwards from $100/hr to $200/hr. Compare that to the alternative and you will see that’s very cheap.
Q. What does mediation mean in a divorce?
A. Assuming you and your spouse can come to terms, you’ll both sign a contract that is legally binding. If your spouse does not honor their agreement then you have legal recourse.
Q. How to prepare for divorce mediation.
A. Be prepared to show them the money. Bring bank statements, credit card statements, bills, pay stubs,
etc. etc. Make/bring a list of your marital assets; Real estate, vehicles, retirement funds, businesses, annuities, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc. etc. etc.
Go in with the mentality that you’re there to negotiate NOT argue.
Q. Is mediation good for divorce?
A. Mediation is usually best for couples with no animosity between them. It’s , of course, best that your children see their parents keeping ‘civil’ during these tough times. A contested divorce can put both of you in the poor house and the emotions can become too much for the entire family. If one of the parties involved DOES harbor negative feelings then that person should consider counseling to work through those feelings first. Remember to always put your kid(s) well-being first and foremost. If you and your spouse have contrasting parenting styles then this is something that should also be mentioned during mediation.
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