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How Does Divorce Mediation Work?

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Divorce can be an emotionally and physically traumatic experience, regardless of the level of civility shared by the divorcing spouses. Still, the more contentious the relationship, the more draining the divorce process can be. 

For soon-to-be former couples who wish to avoid combative and costly courtroom divorce litigation, there are ways to keep divorce proceedings from becoming total warfare.

Why Choose Mediation in Divorce?

Divorce mediation is an informal series of meetings that allow divorcing couples to plan and negotiate the important details of post-divorce life, with the help of a skilled divorce mediator. When compared to court proceedings, on average, mediation takes much less time, costs significantly less, reduces conflict, and promotes positive communication going forward, the latter of which is key in co-parenting.

Divorce mediators do not expect you and your ex to be on completely amicable terms. It is understood that intense emotions and disagreements occur. For successful divorce mediation, you just need to enter the process with an open mind and a willingness to negotiate in good faith.

Mediation also allows spouses to maintain control over the decisions that will be made, including asset division, child custody, parenting time, child support, and spousal support. When you go to court, you leave these critical elements up to a judge, who has only a surface-level grasp of your situation.

The Divorce Mediation Process

A mediator is a neutral third party who facilitates a relaxed negotiation setting and provides information so you can make the best possible decisions together. Their goal is to make both parties see things from the other’s perspective, which helps you find common ground and solutions to the relevant issues. Once all matters are settled, the mediator drafts your divorce decree, which is then signed and filed with the court.

If you and your spouse started the divorce process with separate attorneys, but think mediation might be a better choice, you can still choose that route at any time. Doing so can save thousands of dollars when compared to the lawyer fees and court costs associated with protracted litigation.

Contact a St. Charles Divorce Mediator

Your divorce does not have to be a complete mental and financial drain. The Law Offices of Benedict Schwarz, II PC is prepared to help you create the divorce agreement you need in an efficient and cost-effective manner. To speak with an experienced Geneva divorce attorney skilled in mediation, call us at 847-428-7725 today for an initial consultation.




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