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Divorce mediation: Answer these questions to understand the price

As you inch closer to divorce mediation, it never hurts to learn more about the process. The knowledge you collect can help you make more informed decisions, which could save you time and money.

Here are five questions to answer:

  • What is the role of the mediator? While this person doesn't have the same power as a family law judge, they can assist with things such as: facilitating communication between both individuals, asking individuals to explain their stance when applicable, providing information about the family law system and sharing alternatives for solving a dispute.
  • How long does the process take? There's no simple answer to this question, as it depends on many factors, including the willingness to compromise and cooperate. The first meeting is when both individuals meet with the mediator to discuss the issues at hand. From there, additional meetings, which typically last one to two hours, are meant to push the process forward.
  • Are you required to go to court after mediation? Generally speaking, you don't have to spend any time in court as long as you're able to resolve all your issues during mediation.
  • Are you on your own during mediation? Even though it's different than litigation, it doesn't mean you're on your own from start to finish. You have the right to work with a family law attorney, as this ensures that you make sound decisions that won't negatively impact you in the future.
  • Is it possible to mediate when you don't get along at all? It's easy to believe that mediation won't work, especially if you and your spouse are not seeing eye to eye on any issues. Even so, mediators are skilled at bringing people together, despite their differences.

From the outside looking in, you may assume there is no way mediation will help you work out the final details of your divorce.

Even though there will be challenges and setbacks, this is one of the best ways to move through the divorces process in an efficient manner.

As long as you understand how the process works and how to protect your legal rights, there's nothing stopping you from achieving success.

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