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Common questions about divorce mediation

Are you getting a divorce in Michigan? If you and your spouse are able to communicate and you want an uncomplicated process, you may want to consider mediation.

Divorce mediation can be beneficial for the right couple, but you should know the advantages and disadvantages. Let these questions guide you as you make a decision about how you want to handle your divorce.

1. How does mediation work?

According to the American Bar Association, a mediator is a neutral party who facilitates communication between the divorcing spouses to reach a divorce agreement. In the session(s), each party identifies issues, such as property division, child custody, debt repayment and spousal support, for resolution. The mediator does not make decisions or offer advice; he or she guides the discussion and provides information.

2. Are lawyers and court proceedings involved?

There are no court appearances for mediation. Each party may consult with an attorney and/or bring one along to the session, but it is not a requirement.

3. Is mediation expensive?

One of the advantages of mediation is it is typically much cheaper than court litigation because they agree to a settlement quicker and the couple only needs to pay the mediator (unless one or both of them also chooses to hire an attorney).

4. Are there times when mediation is not the best option?

According to FindLaw, mediation is not effective or a good idea in certain situations. These include when there are complex financial issues, one party is unable to speak up for his or her needs and when couples are unable to come to a fair agreement. 

 

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