Preparing for mediation in an attempt to resolve disputes with your spouse for a pending divorce can be stressful and overwhelming. You may have thoughts of a cold, uninviting room surrounding by your adversarial soon-to-be-ex-spouse and a bunch of lawyers.
Do not fret. The mediation process can actually be a great opportunity to get your divorce finalized so you can move on with your life.
Why Mediation is Important and Beneficial to You
Mediation involves a third party (often a retired judge, lawyer, or professional mediator) focused on assisting you and your spouse in resolving disputes and finalizing your separation. The Law Office of Ronald L. Kossack routinely assist Arizona residents in Tempe, Phoenix, Mesa and surrounding areas with mediation services. But please understand, mediation does not result in a “decision” by the mediator. Instead, the mediator works to help broker a decision between you and your spouse concerning legal, financial, and personal issues in divorce settlement agreement.
Why Hiring a Mediator Makes Sense
Divorce mediators bring experience, perspective, and an unbiased view of the situation. It is quite common for a divorcing couple to be in an emotional state where objective, rational decision-making is superseded by rash, hurtful actions. Mediators can step in and try to quell the discord so you can walk away with a resolution.
Hiring a mediator can also reduce the amount of time you need to spend in court dealing with the divorce. If you opt not to work with a mediator, you will need to be prepared to hire a lawyer who will advocate for you in court, but your presence would likely be needed.
Issues that Can Be Resolved During Mediation
If you and your spouse are having disagreements about the following issues, they can be addressed by a mediator:
- Alimony (a.k.a. spousal support)
- Division of property (e.g., your home, vehicles, valuable personal items)
- Division of expenses (e.g., credit card debt, student loan debt, and other expenses)
- Division of financial assets (e.g., checking accounts, savings accounts, retirement accounts, pensions, etc.)
All of these important issues can be addressed in a comprehensive divorce settlement agreement.
Let Us Help
The Law Office of Ronald L. Kossack, a Tempe mediation, and divorce law firm, can assist in reaching an amicable resolution between you and your spouse. Our objective is to help you find resolutions that meet your family’s specific needs and goals. To discuss your legal options with a Tempe mediation attorney, contact us online or by calling 480-345-2652.