About Mediated Divorce
Mediated divorce is an increasingly popular alternative to traditional divorce, which is by nature adversarial. It is an informal and family-centered process in which the divorcing parties meet with an impartial mediator who helps them reach agreement about the terms of their divorce. In addition to being more amicable than traditional divorce, mediated divorce is also less expensive. But it is not for everyone.
The divorce mediation lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. first became involved in the subject when it was being developed, and they have since amassed a great deal of experience with this type of divorce.
How Does it Work?
In a mediated divorce, the two parties and their lawyers meet with a neutral party — ideally, a lawyer who is knowledgeable about divorce law— to discuss and resolve a variety of issues. The mediator meets with the divorcing parties together and separately in order to point out when the demands of one or the other party are unreasonable and to bring about a compromise. It usually takes four to five sessions for a comprehensive mediated divorce — as opposed to potentially years for a traditional divorce.
The two most common matters of concern regarding divorce mediation are:
- Fear mediation will not work because of the inability of the couple to communicate effectively
- Concern the agreement produced will not be legally binding
A Qualified Divorce Mediation Law Firm
The lawyers at Feldman & Schneiderman, P.L. are well-equipped to deal with these concerns. Our attorneys:
- Understand the dynamics of dissent as well as cooperation, and can assess whether you are good candidates for divorce mediation
- Have the knowledge of divorce law to ensure once a mediated agreement is reached, it is legally binding and effective
Divorce mediation builds on the premise that divorce is not just a legal event, but also an emotional one. It provides a safe context for constructive problem-solving by the divorcing parties, and is designed to help develop positive post-divorce family relationships. Research shows that the satisfaction rate for mediated divorce agreements is higher than for agreements imposed by a court.
The key to the success of a mediated divorce is finding a mediator who has both legal knowledge and an understanding of human behavior. We work with you to make sure you are prepared and comfortable with the mediation process. We will gladly explain the risks, costs and likely outcome of any proposed course of action.