Divorce Mediation Lawyers
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Divorce Mediation Lawyers
Divorce mediation is a process where a married couple and a mediator negotiate the best plan of action for resolving issues related to divorce. Issues typically addressed in the divorce mediation process include the division of property, child custody, child support, and alimony. Mediation is designed to create a safe place that is conducive to working together to come to a beneficial understanding and compromise. It may be court-ordered, a natural progression from an early neutral evaluation, or chosen by the couple. The mediator is nonbiased and neutral.
Divorce mediation lawyers can advise spouses in mediation of the best settlement options while operating in a negotiating scheme from which both sides can benefit, rather a zero-sum game where one spouse benefits at the expense of the other.
What Are the Advantages of Divorce Mediation?
There are many advantages of working with a divorce mediation attorney. For example:
- Divorce mediation is a good option for couples who know they want a divorce, but can’t agree on divorce arrangements.
- The success rate for parties who self-select divorce mediation can be as high as 90% (10% of whom cannot reach a settlement and battle it out in court). All this may even be enough to keep the couple married.
- Parties who hire divorce mediation firms do not have to pay two separate attorneys at an hourly rate, as they may allow the mediator to be the sole recipient of the retainer.
What Is the Status of a Mediation Divorce Settlement?
A mediation divorce settlement can be legally binding if a contract is drafted and signed. This contract can be used as proof in later court proceedings, if necessary. However, if the mediation never reaches a final stage, it will remain non-binding. A mediator is not able to file divorce documents – only a lawyer can do this. However, mediators usually work with lawyers who file the documents as a part of the package.
Do I Need to Speak with a Divorce Mediation Lawyer?
Before a mediation agreement becomes finalized and a divorce decree is ordered, divorce mediation attorneys can modify the court forms required by the court to proceed with the divorce in case unforeseeable changes occur to spouses relating to the key terms of the mediation agreement. To ensure that the mediation agreement finalizes into a binding document, it is important to speak with a family lawyer.
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Last Modified: 08-03-2016 10:25 PM PDT
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