What Are the Steps We Follow in the Mediation Process?
Every divorce mediation is different in Fair Oaks, CA. Some people only need assistance with one or two issues, while some couples have to work through every specific detail together. The relationship between the two parties can also make a difference. Finally, exes could decide to hire a mediator at different stages in an ongoing divorce. With these differences in mind, here are the general steps.
At this stage, your McCunn Law mediation attorney lays the groundwork so you know what to expect. He typically begins by explaining his mediation process and the approach he plans to take based on the specifics of your case. You can also determine what areas you and your spouse agree and disagree on to chart the way forward.
2. Data Collection
Discussions form only one part of mediation. Your lawyer also needs to review personal information to help you with the financial aspects of your divorce, such as financial disclosure, spousal support, child support and property division. Be prepared to present this and any other information you think is instrumental in the decision-making process.
Your mediator can then create a more detailed plan on how to move forward, based on the information presented, your needs and wants, and your points of agreement or disagreement. This ensures that you cover all the bases and don’t get sidetracked by specific issues. The mediator can also provide legal framework for context.
The first few steps may take place in the first session alone, sometimes in just a few minutes. The negotiation process takes a much longer time and could span several sessions. Fair Oaks divorcees-to-be who successfully hash out all the important details tend to do so in five to 10 sessions, but it is not uncommon for people to need more time. Don’t worry if you fit into this bracket.
At this stage, your attorney creates the formal, written agreement to present to the court on your behalf. Not all mediators complete this step, even if you hire an attorney. However, at McCunn Law, our lawyer handles this step for you so you can move forward with your life as quickly as possible.
How Can You Get Started With Divorce Mediation?
The first step is reaching out to our attorney at McCunn Law. Even if you’re not sure if mediation is right for you, we can provide you with advice on how to proceed based on the details of your case. Schedule your consultation today.