MEDIATION

How Process Begins

Process may begin before pleadings are filed with the Court; pleadings are filed only after settlement is reached. Mediation may also be court-referred if the litigation has been initiated.

Timetable

Timing of the process is controlled by the parties unless court-referred. Court events may continue to be scheduled, if court referred.

Involvement of Lawyers       

Both spouses meet with one mediator to negotiate settlement; attorneys need not be present during mediation.

Communication  

Spouses may or may not be represented during the mediation process; one spouse may engage an attorney after settlement reached to finalize divorce.

Discovery     

“Discovery” is informal and conducted in the process of mediation.

Court Involvement

May involve court events or court orders.

Privacy

The process discussion and negotiations details are kept private.