5 BIG Reasons to Consider Mediation in a Divorce

WI divorce agreement legal paperworkLike most events in life, a divorce is not a one-size-fits-all process; even the process to get to a final divorce decree is different.  For some couples, the path is through litigation.  This is especially true for couples who cannot agree on important matters like child custody and finances.  If you and your partner can agree (or you think you can), mediation might be the right process for your divorce—and for very good reasons.

Mediation is cheaper.

During mediation, a neutral third-party (called a mediator) meets with a couple to come to a mutual resolution of all important matters.  For the process to be successful, both parties need to agree on those issues.  The advantage of the process is that it can be significantly cheaper than going through litigation.

Mediation is more convenient.

When you go through the court system, you have to be available on certain dates for court and other matters.  When you go through mediation, the mediator is often able to meet at a time that works for everyone—making the process easier on your schedule.

Mediation is confidential.

Unlike court proceedings, mediation is completely confidential.  All your discussions are kept secret, both now and in the future.  This is especially important for couples with kids, family members, or friends that don’t need to know the details of your marriage or divorce proceedings.

Mediation can shorten the process.

It may take quite a few sessions to finalize your divorce. However, because you can set up the meetings at your convenience the whole process may be shorter when you’re not waiting for your next court date.

Mediation is more in your control.

In addition to not waiting for court dates set by another party, litigation can put the final decisions of any issues in another party’s hands.  If you are in mediation, you are your spouse agree together on the final outcome.  For this reason, mediation is not for every couple, but there are clear advantages if the process is right for you.  If you think it is, contact a local law firm that can facilitate your mediation.

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5 Tips to Know Before You File for Divorce in Wisconsin

WI divorce agreement legal paperworkDivorce. Child custody. Financial asset division.  There are a lot of issues for you to deal with in a divorce, and it’s normal to feel like you need a manual to understand all the legal aspects of ending your marriage.  To complicate things, your specific manual is going to be different from any of your friends or family because every divorce is different. However, there are five general tips you can use to educate yourself before you go through a divorce.

All consultations are confidential.

This is one of the most common myths about divorce lawyers: that your spouse is going to know about your visits and the information you give during your meetings with your lawyer.  The truth is that all of your visits to your lawyer—and everything you say at the meetings—is confidential. Everything is between you and your lawyer.

Make the most of your time with your lawyer.

Use the time with your lawyer wisely (use these tips); go to each meeting equipped with a list of questions and information your lawyer requested so you can make the most of your time (and funds).  After each meeting, ask your lawyer what information you should bring to your next meeting for a smooth and (hopefully) efficient process.

School yourself in child custody terms.

If there are children involved in your divorce, take the time to learn some of the main legal terms involved in determining child custody. The Wisconsin court system has processes—and penalties (more about the legalities of child custody and child support here) when it comes to child custody and child support.  Know the child custody terms that come up in your divorce proceedings now, and use an experienced lawyer to help you navigate through the child custody proceedings.

Ask your lawyer about your options.

Not every divorce goes to court to decide serious issues; there are other avenues for couples to agree on issues together.  To be clear, both parties need to agree during the process, called mediation.  During mediation, a facilitator meets with you and your spouse (and your lawyers, if you wish) to work through issues in your divorce.

Experience counts.

When you feel in over your head, it pays to hire an experienced lawyer who can assist you through the process.  They can help you navigate through your specific situation so you feel like you’ve hired the manual to navigate through your divorce.

The materials on this website are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. These materials are intended, but not promised or guaranteed to be current, complete, or up-to-date and should in no way be taken as an indication of future results. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and the receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship between sender and receiver. You should not act or rely on any information contained in this website without first seeking the advice of an attorney.