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.
Timing of the process is controlled by the parties unless court-referred. Court events may continue to be scheduled, if court referred.
Both spouses meet with one mediator to negotiate settlement; attorneys need not be present during mediation.
Spouses may or may not be represented during the mediation process; one spouse may engage an attorney after settlement reached to finalize divorce.
“Discovery” is informal and conducted in the process of mediation.
May involve court events or court orders.
The process discussion and negotiations details are kept private.