When a couple decides to get divorced, mediation may be chosen as the preferred method for handling the separation. This is a process where a neutral third-party mediator helps the two parties come to an agreement. In this blog post, we will explore in detail what happens during mediation sessions.
Signing an Agreement
The mediation process typically begins with both parties signing a mediation agreement. This is a document that establishes the ground rules and states that all information shared during mediation sessions will be confidential. It also outlines the role of the mediator, which is to facilitate discussion and help the couple reach an agreement, not to provide legal advice.
The First Session
After the mediation agreement is signed, the first mediation session will usually take place. During this session, the mediator will explain how the process works and ask each party to state their goal for mediation. The mediator will then ask each party to share their side of the story. It's important for both parties to be honest and open during this time so that they can properly communicate with each other and reach a resolution.
Working Towards Solutions
The mediator will then help the couple start to brainstorm solutions that could potentially work for both parties. Once an agreement is reached, the mediator will draft up a mediation settlement agreement. This document will outline all of the terms of the divorce agreement that have been decided upon by the couple. Once this agreement is signed, it becomes legally binding.
Consult Experienced Attorneys
If you are going through a divorce and are considering mediation, it's important to understand what happens during these sessions. Simon, O'Brien, & Knapp can help provide you with the explanations you need to feel confident entering mediation sessions. Remember, every case is different so be sure to consult with a qualified mediation attorney before making any decisions about your divorce.
Contact us today for more information on mediation at(973) 604-2224.