If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse it is very important that you prepare yourself properly. There are too many people who start the process without fully understanding what they are getting into. One way that you can prepare yourself is to learn everything that you can about mediation. Mediation plays an important role in divorce. Here are some things to understand.
What Is Mediation?
Mediation is an arrangement, made outside of the courtroom and without a judge, where the two parties find a compromise that they can both live with. The agreement that you come to during mediation is legally binding and both parties must adhere to it, or they could be in trouble with the court.
How Does Mediation Work?
Both parties will find an attorney, then you will meet together at a time set for mediation. There will be a unbiased mediator there who will go back and forth between the rooms of the two parties and help you work out a solution. They will tell you places where your argument is strong and where your argument is weak. They will encourage you to settle on certain areas and pretty much play the situation. Mediators are usually seasoned attorneys or people who have previously been judges. They are people who understand the law and the type of situation you are dealing with.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
How long it takes usually depends on the two parties and how quick they are to move on from one subject to the next. If you are willing to negotiate, it could take a couple hours. But if you are there ready to fight, then it could take the whole day. In some cases, the mediation takes all day and there is still no solution, in this case you can either decide to resume the next day, or call it a failure and try for court.
Why Should You Do Mediation?
Mediation is court ordered in many instances. A judge won't even look at your case unless you have tried mediation, in some cases twice. Mediation is better for both parties because it is a compromise. It is cheaper because there are less legal fees, and it is faster because you don't have to wait for your turn in court. If you are going through a divorce you should expect to go through mediation.
By understanding these things you can be prepared for mediation. For more information, contact a company like Reagan, Melton, & Delaney LLP.