We know that every divorce is different. It is important to discuss that factors affecting your marriage with a skilled lawyer. In the meantime, here are some common questions and answers regarding divorce mediation.
Why Choose Divorce Mediation?
In Wisconsin, disputing couples are required to go through the mediation process. With a neutral third-party mediator guiding the proceedings, many couples find it easier to reach a compromise regarding disputed matters such as child support, alimony, visitation or property division.
In fact, many couples look forward to the chance to work through disputes in a more relaxed setting rather than argue in court. Divorce mediation, properly applied, can have a shorter duration, be less stressful and foster more productive conversations than traditional litigation.
Do I Need An Attorney?
While your neutral mediator will likely be a lawyer, he or she cannot act as your legal representative. It is wise to have an attorney who is specifically focused on protecting your best interests through this collaborative process.
Can My Attorney Also Be My Mediator?
Put simply, no. As mentioned above, the neutral third party mediator will likely be an attorney experienced in family law. This individual cannot act as your lawyer through the divorce process. To ensure that your best interests and the stability of your future is protected, it is crucial that you hire a lawyer to guide you through the divorce mediation process.
What Are The Benefits Of Divorce Mediation?
As every divorce is different, different benefits might mean different things to divorcing couples. In general, the benefits of divorce mediation can include:
- Shorter durations
- Gives you a voice in the decisions that impact your future
- Low-conflict environment
- Promotes communication and cooperation
- Can reach resolutions not typically available in traditional litigation
Additionally, it might be possible to avoid the public disclosure of financial matters through the mediation process.
Schedule A Consultation With An Experienced, Compassionate Attorney
Talking to a lawyer doesn’t have to be too intimidating, too complicated or too expensive — talk to ours and you’ll see.
Seeking an uncontested or amicable divorce? Schedule a consultation at our Wausau office by calling or completing our online contact form. For the benefit of our clients, weekend and evening times are available by appointment. Major credit cards are accepted.