Mediated Divorce

Mediated Divorce

A mediated divorce can work for several different types of divorce situations, including uncontested divorces, contested divorces, couples who are representing themselves, and couples who are being represented by attorneys. These various situations are all a little bit different, and are described below.

Uncontested Divorce

Many people think an uncontested divorce means that both of the spouses want to get divorced. However, it’s not that simple. An uncontested divorce means that the couple has agreed upon everything you have to decide when you get divorced. This includes the division of property and assets, child custody, child support, and alimony. A couple in an uncontested divorce can write a complete Settlement Agreement detailing how they plan to handle each of these issues, and they are in total agreement on the arrangements they have made.

Contested Divorce

On the other hand, a contested divorce is when the two parties disagree on aspects of the divorce and are unable to come to an agreement.  In a contested divorce, unless the spouses can come to an agreement, it can end up in a trial where either a judge or a jury will decide the aspects of the divorce.

Self Representation

Self representation is simply handling all of the divorce process without a lawyer.  You can represent yourself in either an uncontested divorce or a contested divorce. However, both types of divorces can have legal consequences if handled improperly.  For this reason, most experts will advise that you at least speak with an attorney to get some questions answered, or have an attorney review your final paperwork.

Attorney Representation

Attorney representation is when one or both of the spouses has an attorney who is representing them, and is there to negotiate in his or her client’s best interest. Attorneys will often accompany clients to mediation sessions, in order to make sure that their clients are able to obtain the best outcome possible from the mediation. On the other hand, at times, clients choose to attend mediation sessions alone and to just consult with their attorney as needed during the mediation.

The Mediated Divorce

Mediation is there as an option to get couples to a point where they can agree on the issues involved in divorce, including child custody, child support, alimony, and the equitable division of property. It is appropriate to go to mediation at several different times during the divorce process. Some people come in at the beginning when they are just starting to try to decide how to divide things up, while others come in after they have been working with attorneys for quite awhile and they are looking for a faster and more cost-effective way to settle the issues that they still disagree about.

How Much Does Divorce Cost?

This is one of the most common questions on people’s minds when they first start thinking about getting divorced.  They wonder if they can even afford the divorce cost, or whether it will ruin them financially. Unfortunately, there is no solid answer to this question, but there are some things that we do know about average costs in different situations. Self Represented, Amicable Divorce What makes the biggest difference, is how well you and your soon to be ex-spouse can work together to agree on
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How To Choose A Good Mediator

How To Choose A Good Mediator

How To Choose A Good Mediator You have decided to get divorced, and you’ve been researching mediation as an option, but there’s one problem–there’s so many mediators! There are the huge law firms with many different mediators, and then there are the individual attorneys, and then the mental health professionals, and finally the business and financial professionals. It can be so hard to know who to choose, and what to base your choice on. Having been through a divorce myself, and being a trained mediator,
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