The divorce process is typically full of twists and turns, all of which can add more stress to your life. While there are divorce cases that eventually end up in court, you shouldn't assume this will happen.
With the help of divorce mediation, you can work through all your issues with the idea of putting your marriage in the past once and for all.
If you're moving closer and closer to the divorce mediation process, you'll want to answer the following questions:
- What does the process entail? The first meeting is when you and the other individual discuss all the issues at hand. From there, you'll partake in subsequent meetings that allow you to work through your issues.
- Will the mediator make final decisions? You shouldn't assume the mediator will make decisions on your behalf, as they're not permitted to do so. It's up to you and the other person to find common ground. The mediator will help move things along, but they won't tell you what to do. A mediator is not the same as a judge.
- Do you have to appear in court? As long as you work everything out in mediation, you are not required to spend any time in court. This should save you both time and money, along with reducing your level of stress and anxiety.
- Who is in charge of filing court documents? You don't have to worry about doing this, as the mediator can assist with the process. Just make sure you're willing to work fast and sign all the necessary documents.
- How long does divorce mediation take? There is no easy answer to this question, as it depends on the issues at hand and the willingness of both individuals to compromise. Some people make their way through divorce mediation in a couple of sessions, while others find that they need a lot more time to resolve everything.
Even if you address these divorce mediation questions, you'll probably run into some unknown territory as the process moves forward.
The best thing you can do is prepare yourself for anything and everything that you could face.
Most people find that they can use divorce mediation to their advantage. If you're willing to compromise, all the while protecting your legal rights, you're in position to succeed.