Are you considering a divorce and have concerns about mediation? Check out these 6 things to learn about your mediation claim, then call us.
1) Getting Started
To begin the divorce mediation process in Rochester, you can give us a call at the office. We can talk about your case, or we can talk about how long you were married, whether you have any children, and what assets and debts that you have. Eventually, we would have an office appointment for you where you and your spouse would come in. We would go through these general topics. We would figure out what we need to resolve in order to have a successful mediation process.
2) Divorce Mediation vs Going to Court
Divorce mediation in Rochester differs from going to court in that it eliminates the need to go to court. By meeting with me, an attorney-mediator, we’re able to come up with a settlement that resolves the issues. The only time you have to go to court is if there’s a disagreement or we’re not able to come up with an agreement. If you’re not able to come up with an agreement, then mediation isn’t going to work for you. You’re going to have to go through the court process.
Generally speaking, meeting with a mediator, we’re able to help people come up with an agreement that’s acceptable to each of them. By doing that, we can completely eliminate the need or the requirement to have to go to court and to see the judge.
3) After Beginning Litigation
Some people ask if it’s too late to begin mediation after a divorce is started. The simple answer is it’s never too late. Sometimes, people want to come up with a quick resolution. They get frustrated with the process with their attorneys; they get frustrated with going to court and not having a final resolution.
Many people are concerned about the cost and the expense of obtaining a divorce. Frankly, going through mediation is far less expensive than retaining attorneys. You’re only paying an attorney-mediator as opposed to each of you hiring your own attorney. That helps you save a lot in your budget and your expenses related to the divorce.
5) Benefits of Choosing Divorce Mediation
People ask often why they should consider mediation. Mediation is a great alternative to a traditional divorce. Generally, mediation is less expensive; it’s less stressful. It allows you and your spouse to maintain control over the process. It allows you and your spouse to craft an agreement that’s right for you. It allows you to avoid the stress of going to court and the uncertainty of having a judge make a decision on your case on the issues that impact you.
6) After Mediation
Many people ask what the process is for getting divorced after you’ve met with a mediator and you have a signed separation agreement. What happens at that point is we prepare those documents that the court requires that we submit in order to get you officially divorced. That includes a Judgement of Divorce and some other ancillary documents.
Upon submitting them to the court, the court will review them, sign them, and return them to my office. We will then provide them to our clients. That would include a formal Judgement of Divorce, which declares that the marriage is over.
Are you considering divorce mediation and have questions about these 6 things to learn about your mediation claim? Contact our experienced Rochester divorce mediation lawyer today for a free confidential consultation and legal case evaluation.
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