During divorce proceedings, often times parties need assistance coming to decisions. In some cases, divorce mediation may be a viable option, or a requirement.
If you are contemplating divorce, or going through the process, you may want to consider mediation. To aid in your decision, there are a few key aspects you should know about.
In some cases, judges may order couples into mediation. In such situations, the parties must attend at least one mediation session to attempt to come to an agreement. However, if either party does not agree with the method after the first session, it is possible to return to court for a determination. Mediators must follow specific guidelines in accordance with Virginia law. Mediators may be certified, or parties may utilize their own attorneys.
If the ex-spouses can work together, mediation may prove to be beneficial to both parties. It allows those involved to share their concerns and desired outcomes in the separation process and come to an agreement amongst themselves. Even with the assistance of attorneys, the ultimate goal is to find solutions both parties agree to. This can be especially crucial in divorces involving children. When parents come together and make a decision in the best interest of the children, it helps to maintain a positive, stable environment for them. Also, if the parties developed a lot of assets during their union, dividing them amongst themselves rather than having a judge do it may be more beneficial to everyone.
A mediation agreement does not officially take effect until it goes through the proper channels. The parties must put the mediation agreement in writing and submit it to the court. Once the court accepts it, the set agreement becomes legally binding between the two parties.
These are just a few key aspects of divorce mediation. Take some time to review the process and decide the best option for you.