Cleveland Mediation Divorce Lawyer
In 1998, Anna thought there should be a better way to allow parties to get divorced instead of litigating. This is when she discovered mediation and immediately obtained the certification for mediation and continued to receive additional mediation training. Mediation allows couples to dissolve their marriage by using one neutral person who is trained as a mediator to help facilitate communication and assist the parties on settling their disputes regarding property division, allocation of parental rights and responsibilities, spousal support (alimony) and child support. Before meeting with the mediator, it is a good idea to create a list of what you would like to discuss. Once the parties agree on these issues the Mediator will draft a Memorandum of Understanding clearly outlining the terms to which the parties have agreed. The parties are then able to file for an uncontested divorce or a dissolution.
Hire an Experienced Divorce Attorney
Since divorces may be complicated it is always advisable to meet with a mediator who is also a lawyer. It is suggested that the parties meet the mediator together, so they hear the same information from the mediator. After the matter is mediated and all issues have been agreed upon then it is advisable to meet with a lawyer to review your agreements. That attorney can then assist you in filing and completing the dissolution process. Additionally, you can always file pro se (which means you represent yourself and do not have an attorney representing you).
Choose Your Mediator Carefully
Make sure to meet with your mediator and feel comfortable with that mediator. You will have to trust this person to guide you and your spouse. Interview a few mediators until you find one that you are comfortable with and ask about their experience and certifications.
Commit Yourself to the Process
Once you agree that mediation is the route you want to take you should commit yourself to the process. Mediation will work only if both parties are willing to dig in and be committed to reaching solutions. You may not be able to control what your spouse does but courtesy begets courtesy so go into the mediation process with very intention of making it work.
How Much Does Mediation Typically Cost?
Although getting divorced is not inexpensive, mediation is a clear cost alternative to litigation. The cost of mediation sessions where you are involved and have some control of the situation is far less expensive than the cost of a protracted court litigation.