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What divorce issues can I settle through mediation?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Divorce, Mediation & Collaborative Law

The divorce process can be taxing and overwhelming, especially if there are various decisions left unsettled because of conflicts between you and your former spouse. Sometimes, going to court to address these concerns can be essential. Other times, you can enter mediation if you and your former spouse are on good enough terms to collaborate, allowing you to reach an amicable agreement.

Some divorcing couples may choose to go through mediation because it could be cheaper and simpler than traditional divorce. This process can also help settle the following matters:

  • Child custody and parenting arrangements
  • Division of assets and liabilities
  • Details surrounding retirement accounts and benefits
  • Financial issues involving spousal or child support
  • Other concerns that are relevant, such as insurance coverage, educational needs and other divorce-related issues

There are also diverse types of mediation that can be suitable based on the family’s circumstances. Depending on your needs, you and your former spouse can also involve financial advisors, mental health professionals, and other qualified specialists to address any concerns that require impartial advice and insight. After reaching an agreement, the judge will decide whether to require an in-person or online hearing before finalizing the divorce.

Determining if mediation is an appropriate option

Despite seeming like the ideal option, mediation is not always appropriate. Some cases can involve high-risk factors, posing safety issues that may endanger you, your former spouse, and your children’s well-being. A case can also have significant disputes, requiring the court’s intervention.

Before deciding to go through mediation, it can be beneficial to seek legal counsel first. Valuable guidance can also help you determine what options are appropriate based on your family’s unique needs and circumstances.