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Mediation is a process in which divorcing couples can talk out their issues. These sessions help them work through difficult decisions without a breakdown in communication.

Who does mediation work for?

Most people who benefit from mediation are able to work together with each other and to be present around each other. Mediation works best when both sides want to work together to find an amicable outcome. Those who have no intention of settling or negotiating do not do well in mediation, and mediation sessions tend not to further discussions.

How does mediation work?

During the first session, the couple attends together to talk to the mediator about problems they have. For example, perhaps one person wants to have joint custody while the other wants sole custody. The mediator then listens to each side's evidence and story, gathering information about the situation. If expert help is needed, others, like accountants or appraisers, could be contacted.

During the next session, the couple works toward compromise. The mediator helps by giving the couple information on the court system and how similar issues have been resolved in the past. It is not the mediator's job to tell you the right answer to your problems. He or she may only guide you.

Mediation sessions do not require court appearances, and they usually only last four to six months, even in complex cases. Your attorney can help you set up your first session or work with you in other ways to help you negotiate a settlement for your divorce. Once it's ready, you can head to court to finalize your divorce and move on with your life.

Source: FindLaw, "Divorce Mediation FAQ," accessed March 24, 2017

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