Divorce Mediation Services
Divorce mediation is increasingly well known and becoming widely accepted in all parts of the country. At St. Louis Divorce and Mediation Services, you and your spouse sit down in the same room with a neutral mediator. With the help of your mediator, you and your spouse work through all the issues and allow you to make agreements to settle your divorce.
What to expect in mediation
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Regardless of the mediation style, there are several things you can depend on in the mediation process. First, mediation is flexible and confidential. The mediation process gives you, and your spouse, a method to settle the conflict and make decisions between the two of you. It allows you to do so in a way that helps you work together as parents after your divorce. The less adversarial approach, privacy, lower cost, healthier co-parenting relationship after divorce and a more satisfying outcome are the biggest reasons spouses choose mediation over the court system.
Divorce mediator's role
The mediator remains unbiased between the couple – this means the mediator will not pick sides and will remain unbiased. The mediator serves both spouses as a facilitator of information and communication. The mediator cannot give advice to either party and cannot act as an advocate for either party. Mediators often provide factual information that is helpful in facilitating the discussion or they may highlight your need for additional information. When the mediator provides such information they will provide the same information to both parties - it is often done so via mediation session, email or phone call with both parties.
The benefits of mediation
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Mediation allows for the open and free exchange of information. This transparency empowers both spouses to negotiate with each other in confidence. Since the couple is working with the same base of information, it usually takes far less time to negotiate a resolution that makes sense.
Mediation is voluntary. You or your spouse can withdraw from mediation at any time. However, it is far less stressful than putting your future in the hands of the legal system.
ISSUES COVERED IN DIVORCE MEDIATION:
· Distribution of Marital Property (Assets and Liabilities)
· Parenting Time and Child Custody
· Child Support
· Alimony / Maintenance / Spousal Support
· Retirement Accounts
· Marital Real Estate
· Family Business
· College Expenses
· Health Insurance
· Tax Considerations