What To Expect in Divorce Mediation—DoNotPay Knows
Most couples that file for an uncontested divorce don’t agree on all divorce terms from the get-go, and that’s where mediation comes in.
Mediation is a process that helps couples reach an agreement regarding the terms of their divorce. During the mediation process, spouses meet with an impartial third party who facilitates communication between them.
Note that the mediator merely enables couples to settle their differences—they mustn’t take sides and make decisions on behalf of the couple.
Mediation is mandatory in some states but not all. The courts in the states that didn’t make mediation mandatory strongly encourage it. Check out the table below to find out more about mediation laws in the following states:
The cost of divorce mediation depends on whether you’ve been ordered by the court to attend it or you’ve hired a private mediator.
In most cases, court-ordered mediation won’t cost you anything. Attending private mediation sessions is different—you can expect to pay approximately between $3,000 and $8,000. The price depends on two factors:
- The mediator’s rate
- The time you and your spouse need to reach an agreement
Divorce mediation sessions happen in a neutral, informal, and safe environment. Here’s how the mediation process typically plays out:
- The mediator will explain all the steps of the mediation process and gather as much information as they can about you and your marriage
- They might require you and your spouse to sign an agreement that says you’ll keep the information revealed in mediation confidential
- The mediator will talk about how you want to address the issues of:
- The mediator may ask to review financial documents, like tax returns and mortgage statements
- You will be asked to express your expectations from the divorce
- The mediator will help you identify the issues you have regarding the terms of the divorce
- You and your spouse will enter a negotiation stage, during which you will explore all possible options for your divorce
- The mediator will guide you through the negotiation and assist you in narrowing down the options that work best for both of you
- You will create a divorce settlement agreement once you’ve negotiated all the terms of your divorce
A divorce settlement agreement is a document that you and your spouse will use to outline all aspects of your divorce—like child custody, alimony, child support, etc. Your mediator can help you create a divorce settlement agreement, but in most cases, the service will cost you additionally.
There are more affordable ways to get a divorce settlement agreement, and they are as follows:
- Using online divorce services—Plenty of online services offer templates for this (and other uncontested divorce papers), but they are often generic, incomplete, or full of errors. Using them comes with a risk of the judge rejecting the document
- Subscribing to DoNotPay—Our platform is affordable and easy to use. DoNotPay can draft you a divorce settlement agreement that caters to your needs and complies with state-specific laws
You can use DoNotPay to create a professional and fully personalized divorce settlement agreement. We will combine the details you provide and our knowledge of the state laws to create a professional and comprehensive document in record time!
What you need to do is sign up for DoNotPay and follow the steps below:
- Select the Divorce Settlement Agreement tool
- Enter all the required information
- Indicate whether you need a notary
We will create your divorce settlement agreement in no time and send it to you. If you opt to get your document notarized with DoNotPay, we’ll make an appointment with an online notary who will witness the signing of your document remotely.
If you need more information regarding divorces, consult DoNotPay’s learning center. You’ll find answers to all divorce-related questions, including:
- How do I get a low-cost divorce?
- Which divorce papers do I need to start the process?
- How can I file for divorce?
- Who can serve the divorce papers?
- What constitutes a friendly divorce?
- How can I reach an out-of-court settlement?
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