Is Divorce Mediation Right for You?

In Wisconsin, one way to resolve your divorce case is through mediation.  During mediation, each side and their attorney will meet with a trained mediator who will work with them to reach an agreement.  Although the parties will still be in an adversarial posture while working through the issues, the introduction of a mediator may help them find common ground.

Mediation Can Help with Perspective

Divorce mediation allows each side to collect and prepare their information for the mediator and discuss their respective positions with them.  When the parties have a great deal of conflict, meeting with a neutral party and being able to set out their positions can help them step back from the situation, see it from another perspective, and try to work towards a resolution.

Mediation can Stop Litigation and Save Money

Divorce can be an expensive and emotionally draining process especially when the parties have to go to court frequently.  Deciding to mediate your case allows you and your former partner to stop fighting and focus on ending your disputes.  Further, this process can be a good alternative for those who want to settle their divorce without the burden of going through expensive litigation. Once you have reached agreements on your issues, they can resolve your case quickly and get on with your life.

Mediation Allows for Creative Solutions

Divorce courts are typically not going to adapt their rulings to the specific preferences of the parties.  When you put decisions about your divorce in the court’s hands, you have no control over the results.  Mediation, on the other hand, provides the parties with the freedom to reach agreements which suit their circumstances. For instance, you and your ex may want to share your child’s placement according to your work travel schedule.  This kind of specificity may not be allowed or included in court-created placement order.   However, you could resolve to add this arrangement to your parenting plan during mediation.

Attorney Karyn Youso is an experienced family law attorney and mediator with the experience you need to help you benefit from your divorce mediation. Call us today to set up a consultation so we can talk about your family’s needs and have your “first look” at the situation.

 

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