Mediation

When you set out to resolve a legal concern, there are a number of methods you and your attorney may use in order to negotiate a fitting arrangement with the other side. Among those methods is mediation, which is known for its amicable, time-saving, and affordable nature.

What Is Mediation?

So what is mediation, you ask? In layman’s terms, it’s the process of negotiating an agreement directly with the other party involved in your dispute. Rather than getting judges, attorneys, and possibly a jury involved, you and the opposing party get to sit down and define the terms of your arrangement yourselves. Joining you is a neutral third party trained to guide you through the process and keep your conversation on track. This person is known as a mediator.

As an experienced Iowa-Certified Mediator, I have the training and knowledge to help you get through the mediation process efficiently. As a family law attorney, I can offer even further insight into the legal process so that you can make informed decisions as your case proceeds. In fact, let’s start right now. On the remainder of this page, you’ll find useful information about the mediation process. Specifically, we’ll look at mediation through the lens of a divorce and the related family law concerns that come with it.

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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.

Certified Mediator in Nevada, Iowa

No one wants to be burdened with a legal issue, but sometimes they are inevitable. That being said, family law disputes can become much less overwhelming if you and the opposing party are willing to explore the option of mediation. To get started, reach out today and schedule a free consultation with my firm.