What happens in a divorce mediation?

Considering the painful decision to end your marriage? Divorce mediation can be an option for many couples. We’ve talked about the benefits of divorce mediation in some of our other videos. Today we’ll talk about the divorce mediation process and…

What happens in a divorce mediation?

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Considering the painful decision to end your marriage?
Divorce mediation can be an option for many couples. We’ve talked about the benefits of divorce mediation in some of our other videos.
Today we’ll talk about the divorce mediation process and how this can help you and your partner in the days and weeks ahead.
If you and your partner have decided to end your marriage, divorce mediation can help. Mediation helps you and your partner create your own solutions, and we have worked with couples struggling with marital issues since 2002. Our training, experience and empathy can help you through one of the most challenging times of your life.
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Ask anyone who has been through it, and they will tell you that divorce is a painful process. Looking back, our divorce experience was especially challenging. Since then, we have sought to help couples going through divorce, and one way that can help is using divorce mediation as a first step. We have put several other videos together describing the benefits of mediated divorce, so check those out when you have a moment.
Today we’ll take a brief look at the mediated divorce process. We will list a few of the key steps, with background on how we can help you along the way.
The first step starts… with you. If you and your partner are in crisis and heading for a divorce, schedule a brief introductory call with us.
During the call, we can learn more about your situation and where you are in the process. We will describe how mediation works, what information is needed, and the schedule.
Many if not most divorces can be mediated in as little as one day, so we will put that on the calendar to start. As you might imagine, we will need to have a similar call with your partner to make sure they are informed as well.
From there, we will send you a couple of brief documents for your review and signature – the agreement to mediate, and the confidentiality agreement. Mediation is a confidential process, and we take that seriously.
We’ll also send you a list of items and information to gather. The big three issues in most divorces relate to separation of property, what happens with the children, and ongoing support, if any.
So, the information requests will address children, property, income, and other related factors. Each divorce is different, however, and in mediation we will have the time to go through issues in detail – all in an environment that is private, professional and efficient.
If needed, we offer each side to have a one-on-one meeting with the mediator, prior to the mediation. This can often be a way to air out issues beforehand, to get more comfortable with one another, and to make sure key issues will be on the table. This is optional, but it can sometimes be helpful in the process.
Then: we come to the day of mediation itself.
We will meet at the agreed location and time, and each side will bring the information requested. Your attorneys are welcome to attend as well. We will generally start with a brief conversation together, then each of you will get a chance to speak your truth and identify the key issues we will work on together.
These initial moments can be challenging, and we understand that. We have first hand experience on painful divorces, and we know this can be tough.
Rest assured that our process and our empathy will see it through. We want to make sure all sides get a chance to speak about their most important issues, and that a big part of the benefit of mediation is the chance for both parties to speak – and to hear from their partner.
We also know how to keep the conversation focused. There may be power imbalances in the couple, or perhaps one is simply more able to push their point of view forward. We aren’t pushovers – we know how to keep the conversation on track and in a positive direction. Both of you are here today, and we want to make sure both of you are heard from.

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