April 1, 2021
Domestic mediation can help to make your divorce transition smoothly. With years of family law experience, our team is dedicated to help you through this difficult time. As a result, our clients benefit from a no-nonsense approach to resolving divorces in quick, efficient, and cost effective ways.
Mediation is one of the most commonly used methods of negotiating a divorce settlement. Through this process, an attorney mediator will act as a neutral party between you and your spouse, helping you to make agreements for your divorce. It is important to know that a mediator is not an advocate for either party, and is only present to help discuss and resolve all issues of the divorce.
A client in mediation may choose to retain a lawyer, meaning that either party has the right to be represented by a lawyer, or choose not to retain representation and only work through the divorce with their spouse. There are no financial planners or mental health coaches present. Your mediator is present to help facilitate the proceedings and figure out what the best resolutions are for your divorce. It is useful to know that once an attorney acts as a mediator with both parties, they cannot represent either one of you if you end up needing legal representation in that divorce later.
Mediation is much less expensive than traditional court litigation as it requires fewer attorneys and their fees involved. It also allows you to come to your own conclusions about what is best for you and your family’s needs, and most end with all issues resolved. You are your spouse are in control of the process, unlike with a judge where you give up all control. Keep in mind that Judges rarely see things through the same lens you do, and you and your spouse are likely to both get some, but not all, of what you want or think is fair.
More importantly, mediation is strictly confidential with no public records of what is discussed in your private sessions. Retaining privacy is key to improving communication and coming to lasting resolutions for your divorce. Mediators cannot be called to testify about what was said in the negotiations and settlement negotiations are not admissible in a court of law. There is an exception to a mediator providing information to a Court if they are a conciliator, but that is a different kind of mediation approach.
The breakdown of a marriage is often overwhelming and emotionally draining for those involved, and depending on the situation, some couples are able to work together to settle outstanding matters through mediation. With years of experiencing helping clients, we are here to support you through the divorce process. If you are in Olathe, KS, Johnson County KS or in the Kansas City Metro area and feel that mediation is the right option for your family’s best interest, please contact us today to schedule a consultation, or call us at (913) 764-8844 with any questions regarding your divorce mediation needs.