In its simplest definition, divorce mediation is when two people, who are getting a divorce, negotiate an agreement which is acceptable to both of them. The negotiations take place in a series of meetings with the help of a neutral third-party, called a mediator. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator prepares the necessary documents to be presented to the court.
During these meetings, it is the job of the divorce mediator to facilitate productive and respectful communication between you and your spouse. Each of you will be given a list of the things that need to be resolved as part of your divorce. The mediator also coordinates the exchange of financial records so that both you and your spouse have a full financial picture before finalizing your divorce settlement. As you and your spouse agree on terms, the mediator prepares the divorce agreement and other paperwork that is required to submit a joint petition for divorce to the court. (more…)