The Mediation Process, Explained
When you go to a family law court in Iowa, you will more than likely be required to attend a mediation session because, whenever possible, mediation is an encouraged form of dispute resolution. However, if yours is a situation that isn’t mediation-appropriate (for instance, if you’re trying to get out of an abusive marriage or if your spouse is unwilling to participate), the court may allow you to skip this step and proceed with a traditional divorce.
For our purposes, let’s assume that you and your ex have each agreed to participate in mediation. At that point, the two of you will meet with your Certified Mediator and begin to negotiate the terms of your agreement. You may be able to resolve all of your concerns in one sitting, or it make take multiple mediation sessions. That all depends on the nature of your family law matter and the level of cooperation between you and your ex.
What’s Decided During Divorce Mediation?
Every divorce is a little bit different, which of course means that the terms of your negotiations will vary to reflect your particular wants and needs. However, these are among the most commonly visited topics of discussion during the divorce mediation process:
- Property Division
- Distribution of Assets
- Spousal Support Payments
- Child Custody Arrangements
- Child Support Payments
- Debt Distribution
As your mediator, my job is to help you reach a compromise that takes both your short- and long-term needs into account. Fortunately for you, this is a skill that I have honed over decades of practice. Reach out today to schedule a free meeting and learn more.