Mediation provides both sides the opportunity to have a say in important divorce decisions, such as how marital property will be divided and how much time children will spend with each parent. It also can help you avoid costly, stressful and unpredictable litigation.
At Kennedy Law Associates in Charlotte, our divorce mediation lawyers are here to help you achieve an amicable and efficient resolution of your divorce through mediation. We also handle divorce for parties who want to have a more formal way to reach a settlement agreement.
What Is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation uses a third party to help you and your spouse come up with the terms of a divorce settlement. Mediation can be used to resolve all of the issues of your divorce or just certain issues where you and your spouse are having difficulty reaching an agreement.
Each side can be represented by an attorney during the mediation sessions or neither side can be represented by an attorney. The mediation can occur in one session or a number of sessions, depending on the wishes of both parties and the complexity of the issues.
Mediation allows you and your spouse an opportunity to discuss and negotiate the terms of your divorce in a non-adversarial manner. After you reach an agreement, you can take it to an attorney for review.
If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, you can proceed to litigation. If you are able to reach an agreement, you can present it to the court to be incorporated in your final divorce orders.
What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?
Mediation puts you and your spouse in control of what happens in your divorce, rather than a judge who does not know your family or have enough time to understand the complexities of your situation.
Mediation allows you and your spouse to fashion a settlement that fits your family, rather than being forced to fit into a formula designed for the average family or dictated by an outside party. When children are involved, mediation can help you and your spouse maintain a good working relationship.