Who makes decisions during mediation?

Mediation requires the cooperation of both parties to resolve marital issues. These issues need to be taken seriously because they can have an effect on each spouse for the rest of their lives. Their marital issues can consist of the division of assets, alimony, child support, child custody arrangements and more. They need to talk about these issues during mediation to make compromises with one another in regards to each issue that pertains to their marriage. Spouses can take the time they need to talk through their issues and make final decisions on them. They can go through multiple mediation sessions to do this. During this process, spouses can go at their own pace to make their decisions. They can also choose to end their sessions at any time. Sometimes the process can become too much to bear. If spouses are unable to cooperate and communicate with one another, mediation can become nearly impossible. This can lead them to end mediation.

What happens if I end mediation?

If you choose to end mediation, you may enter into litigation to have your marital issues resolved. In litigation, you can have a judge preside over your case. The judge can make decisions for your marital issues. This can include a range of issues, such as child custody, child support, alimony and more. A judge will consider many factors when making these decisions for you. When children are involved in the marriage, the judge will be sure to keep their best interests in mind. The needs of the children will be assessed for child custody arrangements and for child support payments. This can determine the split of custody that each parent has and how much money may be needed for child support in order for the children to maintain a stable lifestyle.

With the end of mediation, it can be difficult to enter court. During this time, you should ensure that you have the proper legal representation. With legal counsel at your side, you can feel more confident knowing that someone is looking out for your best interests. Your attorney will work with you to understand your needs in the divorce. At this time, we can give you the counsel you need to get through the divorce process.

Matters of divorce and family law should be navigated with the guidance of an experienced attorney. If you need strong legal representation regarding matters of divorce, family law, and estate law, contact the Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. to schedule a consultation today.