Stay in control. Quickly resolve issues.
Mediation can be successful at every stage of the divorce process to minimize conflict and reduce costs because:
- Issues settled through mediation can be resolved in days – not months or years.
- Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation rather than allowing a third-party solution to be imposed upon you, and your family, based only on rigid and impersonal legal principles.
- You and your spouse – not the court – control the process.
- Mediation is confidential with no public record of what is discussed in your sessions.
Our mediators help couples work through issues that arise before, during, and after divorce. To obtain a divorce all couples must resolve how their property will be divided, who will be responsible for debt acquired during the marriage, and whether either spouse will provide alimony to the other. Additionally, if you have children together under the age of eighteen you must create a parenting plan and determine child support using the Georgia guidelines.
Couples can use mediation to resolve all divorce-related issues or only a few specific issues with which a couple needs help. For example, a couple may have agreed on how to divide their marital property but need help working through their parenting plan. Because mediation can be targeted to a specific issue it can save a family time and money. In contrast, court-driven litigation encompasses all issues, even the ones a couple believes they have resolved.
Mediation can occur before or after a divorce action has been filed with the court. Our mediators are licensed to handle either type of mediation. Mediation can even occur after the divorce is final. For example, clients with minor children find mediation to be useful for discussing what is in the best interests of their children and how they can modify their divorce agreement to meet children’s changing needs and circumstances. Post-divorce mediation can also be used to resolve alimony and child support modification disputes.
For more information on mediation and help determining whether it is right for you visit our Modern Thoughts page.