What to expect during divorce mediation

On Behalf of | Oct 25, 2022 | Divorce Mediation |

If you are going through a divorce, you should consider mediation. By reaching an agreement with your spouse in mediation, you can file for an uncontested divorce.

To determine if divorce mediation is the option that suits your needs, you can familiarize yourself with the steps involved in the process.

Beginning mediation

Each divorce mediation is unique, and your mediator can address any questions you have during your first meeting. You can submit information to help explain your case, and your mediator can help you determine which documents you need to bring. A mediator can also help you understand California’s divorce laws, including guidelines regarding child support, spousal support and property division. Couples with children, real estate and significant assets may require multiple sessions with a mediator. It is important to be patient during the information-gathering phase and not rush the process.

Negotiating your divorce

Once you and your mediator assemble the facts, you can begin framing your case for your divorce. The mediator works with you and your spouse individually to define your objectives. Mediators can help you identify areas of common ground and create a settlement. Furthermore, your mediator can present you with various options and allow you to explore different outcomes. Depending on your circumstances, you can negotiate terms separately or attend a joint session to reach an agreement with your spouse. Once mediation concludes, you can file for an uncontested divorce.

For many divorcing people, choosing mediation can result in lower expenses, faster divorce proceedings and less conflict. Learning about divorce mediation can help you select an option that works for you and your family.