Taking Control Of Your Divorce With Mediation
Mediation is a different way to settle your divorce. It permits more control for the parties and can be much faster, much less expensive and much less stressful. Unlike traditional, adversarial courtroom litigation, mediation is a more cooperative procedure. Instead of a judge, there is a “neutral,” or mediator. Their job is not to impose a ruling on the couple but to facilitate resolving the important matters of their divorce.
Experienced Mediation Advice
At Thelen & Associates, LLC, one of us, attorney Kris Thelen, is also a certified divorce mediator in Wisconsin. She can either work as a neutral or help advise individuals as their lawyer during mediation. While mediation is less formal and less stressful than a court hearing, the decisions that result from it are no less important. If you are going to participate in a mediation, then you will want experienced counsel to assist with your decision-making process.
In most circumstances in family law, mediation is discretionary. But if parents cannot come to an agreement regarding the custody and placement elements of your divorce settlement, then mediation becomes mandatory.
Cooperation Is Important
During mediation, each side will list the most important elements of a settlement. The mediator will assist with focusing the discussion on these elements and developing a solution that may benefit both parties.