Divorce mediation is an alternative method for couples to resolve the issues in their divorce.
In divorce mediation, the parties focus on achieving a fair and equitable settlement. Rather than having a judge decide the contested issues in a divorce, such a custody, child support, and property division, in mediation, the parties work with a neutral third-party mediator to reach a mutually acceptable and sustainable resolution to all issues without court intervention.
At Koenig|Dunne, Katie Vogel is our mediation attorney who will help you address your concerns, communicate effectively during the process, and reach a fair resolution. Katie is an experienced divorce attorney who is trained in mediation, advanced family law mediation, and collaborative divorce. She is a skilled mediator who helps families reach resolutions, so they can save time and money, and move forward on their path post-divorce.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a cooperative and voluntary process for people to reach a resolution of their divorce case outside of court. At Koenig|Dunne, our attorney mediator will act as a neutral and will not represent either party during the negotiations. Using an attorney mediator, spouses are supported to reach an agreement that is fair and acceptable to both parties.
What does the mediation process look like?
Initial Contact: One party contacts Koenig|Dunne to discuss mediation services.
Individual Session: The mediator meets individually with each spouse to gain an overview of spousal perspectives, goals, concerns, and proposed solutions. The mediator gauges the level of conflict between spouses and whether domestic violence is a concern.
Gathering Information: To make the mediation process as cost-effective and efficient as possible, we’ll have you complete some informational forms and provide required documents prior to your joint mediation sessions. This allows your mediator to have a clear picture of the issues in your divorce case.
Joint Session(s) or Shuttle Diplomacy: If the mediator determines that a joint session is appropriate, the mediator meets face-to-face with both spouses. During these session(s), the mediator will work with you to reach an agreement on all issues in your divorce, including custody, parenting time, child support, alimony, and a division of property.
Drafting a Settlement Agreement: When the spouses have reached an agreement, the mediator will draft a settlement agreement that incorporates all of the agreements reached between the spouses. Next, your mediator will discuss with you the next steps to finalize your uncontested divorce with the court.
There are many benefits to divorce mediation, including the fact that it’s confidential, costs less than traditional forms of divorce litigation, and spouses have more input and control over the process. If you are interested in learning more about Koenig|Dunne’s mediation services, contact us today.