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VMM FAMILY INSTITUTE WEEKLY INSIGHTS: DIVORCE MEDIATION

Mediation is another alternative to divorce litigation. In mediation cases, an impartial professional meets with the couple until (hopefully) an agreement is reached. Mediation has success in certain cases but there are issues with the process.

Initially, mediation often happens after litigation has commenced. Therefore, if parties do not reach an agreement, the matter reverts to the court system and continued litigation. Mediated divorces also may not educate couples completely about the consequences and ramifications of their choices. Mediators are not able to give advice about the law, finances or co-parenting. As a result, major decisions can be made without the proper guidance.

In addition, the success of the mediation process also depends to a large extent on the skills of the mediator. If the mediator is not up to the challenge, the process will fail.

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