Divorce is hard enough already.
But you do have some control over how hard it is for you and your children. With mediation, both parents are able to preserve the best relationship with their children.
In mediation, parenting plans, child support, division of marital assets, and other relevant issues are addressed in meetings between the couple and a mediator. The mediator makes sure that all pertinent issues are covered. When an agreement is reached, the mediator drafts a memorandum of understanding which the participants review with their respective attorneys.
Contrary to popular opinion, mediation isn’t just for couples who are splitting amicably. High conflict couples can reach a mediated resolution that both parties are satisfied with. Mediation might not eliminate all of the bad feelings, but it can help participants to work around them.
When all parties agree, a final agreement is drafted and signed. It is not necessary to go to court.