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What is divorce mediation and how does it work?

| May 4, 2020 | Divorce

Going through the courts isn’t the only way to resolve a divorce. Although many people do litigate the end of their marriage, it is also possible for you and your spouse to set your own terms before you file and therefore request uncontested divorce proceedings from the Kentucky family courts. 

If you don’t have pre-existing agreements on how to handle the division of your assets and the custody of your children or if you still have issues that you don’t agree on with one another, divorce mediation could be a way for you to advocate for yourself while also finding a way to compromise and work with your ex. 

Mediation is an option for alternative dispute resolution that focuses on mutually agreeable compromise, making it ideal for situations in which people have to negotiate and could both benefit from a resolution of their issues prior to court. 

How does mediation work?

Mediation requires that you sit down with your ex and work through the issues you need to address, although you can sometimes manage mediation in separate rooms or even remotely if the situation demands it. 

In mediation, both sides of the conflict sit down with a neutral third-party who has training as a mediator. When going through divorce mediation, it is important is that both parties also have their own legal representation present. That way, each spouse can receive advice and assistance. 

The mediator helps guide negotiations and leads the parties participating to find solutions that work for everyone. So long as both parties are able to work together and reach an agreement that they are willing to commit to writing and sign, couples who go through mediation can potentially have a much faster and less expensive divorce than those who litigate the dissolution of their marriage.

If mediation sounds like it might be right for you, find out more about the process today.