I’m considering divorce mediation. How does the process work?

Divorce mediation is a good option for Connecticut couples who want to negotiate various issues on their own terms without leaving the decisions up to the courts. The process is typically less stressful, less costly and quicker than going through litigation. Divorce mediation involves a mediator, who does not take sides. He or she acts as a neutral party and works to help the couple resolve issues. The mediator also answers questions and informs the couple of the law. Read on to learn more about how the process works.

The mediator meets with the couple in multiple sessions. These sessions may last an hour or two and initially are conducted to determine all issues and in what order to address them. The couple may bring financial documents, appraisals and other necessary documents.

Once the information is gathered and shared, the focus is on discussing the issues and working to reach a compromise. Again, the mediator is present to answer questions and propose ways to resolve common divorce issues. Once the issues have been resolved, the mediator drafts an agreement and gives it to the couple and their attorneys to review and sign. The mediator can file the necessary paperwork if he or she is an attorney.

Many couples like the fact that mediation requires no court appearances. The process usually takes less time and costs less than traditional litigation. Another added bonus is that mediation is usually less stressful than litigation, which is important for couples with children. Although mediation works well in many cases, it requires the cooperation of both parties, which is not always possible.