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9 Dec. 2013

Why Should I Consider Mediating My Divorce?

Posted By The Buncher Law Corporation

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Mediation offers a convenient forum for you and your spouse to dissolve your marriage without the time and expense associated with a formal court action.

Here's how it works:

You and your spouse retain a mediator together. The parties work jointly with the mediator to discuss and negotiate specific issues in the case. Negotiations should be transparent, and the mediator should not consult with either party privately unless the other party consents.

If either party is uncomfortable with the mediation process, or if you prefer to let a judge decide how to handle specific issues, mediation won't be a viable option. However, if you are willing to let a mediator guide you through the dissolution process, you should consider it first — before you incur the expense of litigation.

Once you and your spouse jointly interview and retain a mediator, usually dividing the cost or paying with community funds, the mediator works for both of you. A mediator is an impartial facilitator whose job is to give you and your spouse ideas about how to resolve your case and guide you to an agreement.

The mediator is not your independent advocate, and you should be prepared to come to each mediation session with your own ideas. A good mediator won't take sides in your dispute, but she will offer input as to how both parties might think about bridging an impasse. A mediator's job is to offer ideas and to act as a problem solver.

Contact us for an initial consultation.

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