Divorce can be a legally and emotionally intricate process that can wind up being very costly. In order to keep the costs of divorce down, Winston Law, P.A. recommends working quickly with an attitude toward resolution. Mediation is utilized as an essential tool to keeping divorce more cost effective. Mediation involves the use of an independent and neutral mediator to help negotiate a settlement between the divorcing parties. The objective of mediation is to achieve an agreement that both sides can be content with, resolving the issues within the divorce in an peaceable and confidential manner.
Most mediations follow a similar format. The mediator begins the process by giving an introduction and explaining the procedure, then each lawyer explains their parties position. After, the parties are typically separated and the mediator goes back and forth relaying offers and counteroffers. Confidentiality is extremely essential throughout mediation, that way each party feels free to negotiate without worrying that their statements will be used against them in court. If an agreement is reached, a Final Judgment will then be prepared laying out the agreement between the parties. If no agreement is reached, the parties will have to look to the court to decide their issues.