How The Divorce Mediation Process Works

Divorce is the end of an era as well as the beginning of a new one—a journey that may bring you to new places with new people, new conversations, and new experiences! Looking out at the horizon may spark your curiosity about the possibilities…including an alternative to traditional divorce. 

Gut-wrenching court proceedings—like your relationship—are a thing of the past! Modern separations prioritize each person’s best interests and well-being. Divorce is not two people antagonizing each other, but rather two people cooperating to resolve and settle on important matters in order to move forward in life.

Through the guidance of a family mediator with the skills of Colleen McNamee, CEO of McNamee Mediations, couples can navigate this transformative process towards common ground, building a solid foundation for each person’s next chapter.

What Is The Divorce Mediation Process Like?

The goal of the divorce mediation is to amicably discuss problems and solutions, and establish a mutual settlement. 

The divorce mediation process is facilitated by a skilled and certified mediator. Transparency and communication is crucial throughout. All three individuals—spouses and mediator—meet in the privacy of the mediator’s office to openly discuss each spouse’s concerns and needs, learn the law, and to exchange documents and information where necessary. Both spouses are present during mediation, which allows each individual to be well-informed and actively involved in the decision-making process.

Each spouse will have specific questions and needs that must be answered and addressed. The mediator will help the spouses effectively communicate their needs to each other, and find solutions that will satisfy their respective best interests. This is a collaborative process that requires both parties to be civil and willing to exchange constructive dialogue and make compromises

How Long Does Divorce Mediation Take?

One of the notable advantages of divorce mediation is the flexibility of timing. Mediation may begin as soon as both spouses have agreed to engage in the process, and the process may last until all issues are resolved. The timeline of mediation is not constrained by court-assigned dates. The couple can meet with the mediator as frequently or infrequently as their schedules permit, allowing them to proceed at the pace they find suitable and comfortable, avoiding the stress and longevity that is typically involved in litigation.

Do I Need My Own Attorney For Divorce Mediation?

Mediation does not require either party to retain a divorce attorney. In fact, one of the main reasons couples choose mediation is that it allows you to save time and money and avoid hefty expenses, including attorney fees.

If your mediator is a non-attorney mediator, they cannot provide legal advice during the process. 

Each party is permitted, but not required, to be advised by their own individual attorney in a consultant capacity, before and during mediation, as well as to review the settlement agreement before it is signed.

It should be noted that it is not mandatory to have an attorney to make the final agreement legally binding. 

Hire A Mediator To Find Solutions Together

Divorce mediation empowers couples to take control of their own divorce. By working together with a certified mediator, spouses can navigate the complexities of divorce in a private, amicable, and efficient manner to achieve fair and satisfying resolutions.

If you have any questions about divorce mediation, give McNamee Mediations a call today to help you move forward. 

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Colleen McNamee is a certified Family Law Mediation Specialist and the CEO of McNamee Mediations, a leading mediation firm in Orange County, California. With her extensive experience and renowned expertise, Colleen McNamee helps couples peacefully resolve disputes and settle their divorces. To learn more, read Meet ‘Bomb Defuser’ Colleen McNamee, CEO Of McNamee Mediations.