Divorce mediation is a process by which a couple meets with a neutral mediator instead of hiring independent attorneys. A divorce can be emotionally and financially devastating, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Mediation can reduce stress surrounding your divorce, create a smoother family transition for your children, and is a much more affordable option compared to traditional divorce litigation.
What Exactly is Divorce Mediation?
Divorce mediation is a process by which a couple works together with a mediator to discuss the legal and financial ramifications of divorce. The mediator leads the conversation to avoid conflict while ensuring that you and your spouse are fully informed throughout the whole process. Throughout each confidential mediation session you will discuss dividing your assets, financial issues, child custody and visitation, alimony, and more. The experienced mediators at SDFMC will file all of the same legal documents that the court requires. This includes creating a comprehensive Marital Settlement Agreement, which becomes your final divorce judgment. This document is fully enforceable in the court. You will never have to step foot into a courtroom. Everything can be done through your mediator.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
There are many benefits of choosing divorce mediation over litigation. In litigation, couples are forced to communicate through attorneys instead of directly speaking to each other. This leads to misunderstandings, frustration, and high legal bills. A mediator is trained to help couples avoid conflict and create mutually beneficial solutions. A divorce mediator understands that aside from the large legal ramifications that go along with divorce, the process includes emotional implications as well. While a mediator is not going to re-hash the past in mediation, they will discuss the future emotional toll the divorce will have on you and your family. This is especially true when there are children involved. The goal is to create a final agreement that encourages cooperation and respect between both parties.
What Is the Mediation Process Like?
If you are thinking about divorce mediation, it is important to know what to expect. While our mediators tailor the content, length, and quantity of mediation sessions needed based on the specifics of each person’s case, you can expect to discuss the following:
- Basic information regarding you and your current spouse.
- Your financial information, such as bank statements, retirement, savings, stocks, bonds, etc.
- Tax filing, deductions, and credits
- Child custody and visitation schedules
- Spousal support
- Communication methods between you and your spouse
If you would like more information regarding divorce mediation, contact SDFMC today at (858) 736-2411. Our experienced mediators in San Diego are happy to assist you.