Through divorce mediation, a divorcing couple is able to take full control by making decisions regarding the future. While success calls for negotiation and compromise, with the right approach both individuals will be satisfied with the end result of a settlement.
Divorce mediation can benefit any couple, especially those who have children together. If you find yourself in this position, you should learn more about mediation and the way the process typically unfolds in Nebraska.
The primary benefits of divorce mediation include:
- More control over the process
- Typically more affordable than litigation
- More time-efficient than litigation
- Helps to reduce hostile feelings
What does a divorce mediator do?
Although a family law mediator doesn’t have the same power as a judge, this person has extensive training in helping couples resolve all issues associated with divorce. You can expect a mediator to help with the following:
- Facilitate communication between the divorcing couple
- Ask questions to clear the air
- Discuss alternatives when necessary
- Provide information about the legal system
- Refer the divorcing couple to third-party experts when necessary
During the first meeting with a mediator, you’ll sit down to discuss all the issues to resolve. This can include but is not limited to property and debt division, child custody, child support and alimony.
From there, additional meetings are scheduled. It’s during these meetings that you work to find common ground on each and every issue.
What’s the goal?
The primary goal of divorce mediation is to reach a settlement on all issues, as this helps prevent the cost, time and stress associated with litigation.
If everything works out, your mediator can prepare and file the necessary documents with the appropriate court. As long as the judge approves, you are not required to appear in court.
Taking the first step toward divorce mediation is not always easy, as you’ll have many questions about the process and whether it’s best for you.
Fortunately, you still have the opportunity to consult with a family law attorney, which can help you avoid costly mistakes.
If divorce is on the horizon, learn more about mediation and your legal rights. The knowledge you collect early on can help you make more informed decisions as the process moves forward.
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