Divorce mediation is a way for couples to solve their marital issues without having to enter into litigation. Through mediation, they are encouraged to meet with a third party that acts a mediator. This third party is neutral in nature. They also do not make decisions for the spouses. Instead, the spouses are in charge of making decisions. The mediator may guide them along during the process to ensure that they are cooperating in a respectful way. During these sessions, spouses are able to bring their own attorneys. They may wish to do so in order to be better equipped for the legal aspects of the process. This can help them feel more comfortable and confident about their decisions, knowing that their attorney is able to help them.
What topics are discussed in mediation?
In mediation, spouses will touch on all marital issues that need decisions to be made before their divorce is finalized. These issues can include child custody arrangements, child support, alimony and the division of assets. These are important topics to speak openly about. Spouses should air out any concerns they have to gain a more favorable outcome for both of them. By making compromises, it may be able to provide a satisfying ending for both spouses. Spouses can arrange on how they will split their time with the children and how they can make decisions for the children together. They can also see if child support is something that is needed, along with alimony payments. When they divide their assets, they should consider all their marital assets. Whether this involves a house or a pet, these decisions can be tough. It is important for spouses to remain calm in these sessions for a successful outcome.
Should I bring my children to these sessions?
Children should not be brought to mediation sessions. Although child custody arrangements may be decided in these sessions, the children should not participate. Divorce can be hard on children. The topics discussed in mediation are sensitive ones. Children can become emotional and disrupt the process. Their presence is not needed. Spouses should make other arrangements for their children to be taken care of during the times when they meet for sessions.
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