Stay in control. Quickly resolve issues.
Mediation can be successful at every stage of the divorce process to resolve conflict and reduce costs. Parties can choose the process which works best for them.
A mediator is a neutral party who helps couples have productive discussions about the unresolved issues in their divorce and who can offer helpful information and creative solutions. Couples can attend mediation with or without attorneys.
Couples choose mediation 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.
- 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.
- You and your spouse – not the court – control the process.
Because mediation can be targeted to a specific issue it can save your 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. After divorce mediation can also be used to resolve any alimony or child support modification disputes.
For more information on mediation and help determining whether it is right for you visit our Mediation FAQs page.