It is important to keep in mind that mediation is an alternative method of conflict resolution. Mediation can be used in an attempt to resolve your divorce disputes. Mediation can not be used in every instance and it is important to understand when it can, or cannot be used. Further research should be conducted prior to speaking with a legal professional. You will want to have a general understanding as to what a mediation session will entail.
First, mediation must be entered into voluntarily by both parties. If the other party is unwilling to attend the mediation session, or simply wishes to handle it in a typical court proceeding that is their right. Second, if their is prior physical abuse that has occured in your relationship it may not be a good idea to use mediation. Finally, if both parties are still arguin back and forth and it does not appear that their is anyway either will want to reach an amicable agreement.
If you are contemplating whether you should use mediation it is important to consider the cost. Mediation is typically more affordable than a divorce proceeding. If you choose mediation you have the potential to save approximately two thousand dollars depending on the duration of the session and the mediator you choose.
Furthermore, the divorce mediation agreement will most likely be honored as long as both parties amicably agree, the agreement is equal and fair, and the document follows proper legal form.
For further information regarding mediation and family law please contact Yanez & Associates. Call 714-971-8000 for your free initial consultation!