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Divorce Mediation: Working Together to Resolve your Divorce Issues

Divorce is a difficult situation for most people.  Issues can be complex and stressful, especially if they involve involving contentious topics like child custody, child support, and alimony. There can be a lot of questions, overwhelming feelings, and a fear of not being in control. 

People may think divorce issues can only be decided in a courtroom with lawyers, but that is not the case. If both parties are on the same page and would like to work together to resolve their divorce issues, divorce mediation can be a great solution.  It allows the parties to focus on resolving issues in a productive manner, taking into account the best interests of their family and looking ahead to move forward with their lives.

What is Divorce Mediation?

Divorce mediation is a cost effective, non-litigious way for a divorcing couple to resolve divorce issues outside of Court. The divorcing couple meets with an impartial mediator who helps them identify the divorce issues and discuss options for resolving the issues. Together the couple takes control and determines how to resolve the issues and craft the terms of their Marital Settlement Agreement.

A successful mediation requires both parties to communicate and be open and honest. Both parties need to be forthcoming and provide full disclosure of finances. Mediation requires the cooperation of both parties. Both parties must be able to speak openly and freely in front of each other and listen to what the other has to say. It is important to note that the communication skills utilized in mediation may help the parties work together as co-parents post-divorce.

Benefits of Divorce Mediation

There are several benefits of resolving divorce issues using mediation instead of litigation, including:

  • Cost. Mediation costs much less than court litigation and often is “pay as you go”.
  • Schedule. Mediation sessions are scheduled at times convenient for the parties and the mediator.  Our office provides weekday, early evening and weekend appointments. 
  • Pace. The divorcing couple determines the pace of the mediation process, understanding that some issues may take more time to resolve than others. 
  • Atmosphere. Hiring a neutral and experienced third party to mediate in a private, neutral environment helps keep the communication and discussion calm and productive rather than hostile and adversarial. This is especially important when children are involved, as a peaceful and amicable resolution can help avoid the trauma that can result from more contentious divorces.

Examples of Topics Discussed in Divorce Mediation

Depending on the situation, the topics discussed in divorce mediation may include, but are not limited to:

  • Issues pertaining to children, such as child custody, parenting time, holidays, vacation time, child support, college expenses
  • Equitable distribution of assets and liabilities such as the marital home, other real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts, investments, vehicles, personal property, mortgages, loans, and credit card balances
  • Issues regarding spousal support/alimony

Our Divorce Mediation Services

As a divorce mediator, Karen P. Sampson helps parties reach a mutually satisfactory agreement on a variety of issues including but not limited to:

  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • College Expenses
  • Alimony
  • Parenting Time
  • Equitable Distribution of Assets & Liabilities

As a divorce mediator, Karen acts as a facilitator to assist the couple in reaching resolutions to all issues in their case.  Upon the conclusion of the mediation process, a Memorandum of Understanding containing the agreed-to terms is drafted by the mediator. Since the mediator cannot provide legal advice, it is recommended that each party consult with his/her own attorney during the mediation process. The couple, with their attorneys’ assistance, can enter into a Marital Settlement Agreement when the mediation process is complete and pursue a divorce through the Courts in an uncontested manner.

Our Attorney Services for
Divorce Mediation

If you and your spouse are in the process of attending divorce mediation with another mediator, it is important to understand that your mediator cannot provide you with legal advice.  In that event, you can retain your own attorney (a mediation review attorney) to consult with during the mediation process, review your mediated terms, and assist in preparing a Marital Settlement Agreement and pleadings to put your divorce through the Courts in an uncontested manner.  Please contact our office if you would like more information about retaining Karen’s services as your mediation review attorney.

Please contact our office at 856.439.0068 to find out more about our Divorce Mediation and Mediation Review Attorney services.

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