When many people think of divorce, they may picture a couple litigating their case in the court system. It is important to know that there are multiple divorce processes someone can choose from aside from a traditional divorce via the court system such as divorce mediation and a collaborative divorce. While a traditional divorce might be the right process for one couple, another couple might benefit from going a different route such as divorce mediation.

To figure out which process is right for you, we recommend looking into each option so you can make an educated decision for your specific situation. To help you get started, we have outlined the top questions and answers below about divorce mediation:

What does a divorce mediator do?
A divorce mediator provides the divorcing couple with their basic legal rights and obligations in a kind, efficient manner so the couple can make informed decisions on trying to reach an acceptable agreement. The mediator is usually someone who is more of an educator and facilitator versus an advocate for one of the parties.

How much does divorce mediation cost?
The cost of utilizing a mediator for your divorce depends greatly on your case and what type of mediator you choose. One thing to keep in mind is that a divorce mediator, in most cases, is less expensive than litigating the divorce in court.

How long does divorce mediation normally take? 
As with everything divorce-related, the time it takes to come to an agreement – regardless of which method is used – usually depends on the couple’s specific circumstances and their ability to cooperate and work together to reach an agreement. Mediation often expedites the process by avoiding long periods of inactivity or mandatory waiting periods that are part of divorce litigation in the court system.  The parties control the frequency of the meetings and discussions and are not subject to the scheduling problems that exist with the court system.

What qualities should I look for in a divorce mediator?
First and foremost, it is important to find a divorce mediator that you feel comfortable with and understand. If it is not easy for you to talk with them about your situation, you will not be getting the most out of your divorce mediator. Additionally, we recommend finding a mediator that has extensive experience with handling complex finances and assets. Lastly, if your divorce situation involves child custody, or something specific that not all divorces cover, ensure your divorce mediator has an expert that will be involved to handle that specific part of the divorce.

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You have options when it comes to choosing a divorce process, and it is important to know that divorce does not always have to involve extensive litigation in a court setting. We hope these questions and answers about divorce mediation can help you decide which divorce process is right for you.

If you would like to learn more about your divorce options, contact our experienced divorce attorneys at Wilder Mahood McKinley & Oglesby online or by calling us at 412-261-4040.

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