Divorce Mediation

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Can divorce be mediated?

Yes! Nationwide, mediation has been proven to be a highly successful, dignified means of resolving divorce issues.

In mediation, issues typically addressed in a final divorce decree—such as distribution of assets and liabilities and support of and access to children—can be decided by divorcing couples themselves, with the guidance of a specially-trained mediator.

With Common Ground Mediation Services, couples may also achieve agreements on post-divorce matters not typically handled by the courts. Issues such as privacy, parent-to-parent ground rules, new significant others or future step-parents can be addressed and included in the Memorandum of Agreement. Flexibility may also be built in that can prevent costly modification hearings in the future.

Do I waive my rights?

No. If you choose to mediate, you do not waive your rights to an attorney or to a trial. In fact, your attorney may attend.

Mediation is voluntary and non-binding. If you are not fully satisfied with the negotiation process, you do not have to agree to anything. When you are fully satisfied with the outcome of mediation, it is customary to sign a settlement agreement that is binding, like any other contract.

Why should I agree to mediate my divorce?

Mediation provides a compassionate, confidential, safe and supportive atmosphere in which to address intimate, personal or painful conflicts customary in divorce. These may involve tangible issues, such as who gets what property, or non-tangible issues, such as values, ideals and life goals.

Timely mediation can set the tone and lay the groundwork for a constructive approach to divorce. The habits of active listening and honest problem solving formed during the mediation process can last a lifetime. Good communication and a commitment to fair play are established at the onset of divorce mediation. This cooperative atmosphere has a positive impact, both on the divorcing couple and on their children.

Mediation takes far less time than litigation and involves much less stress and expense. Because of these positive characteristics, the children of divorcing couples who use mediation tend to experience less trauma from the divorce.

To schedule a divorce mediation, please contact us.