Mediation of your Divorce
If you and your spouse use the mediation process, you will meet together with a neutral mediator. The mediator will not represent either of you as an attorney, but will assist you in negotiating all aspects, including, where appropriate, custody, support and alimony, and distribution of marital assets and liabilities. A mediator has the experience to help ensure that you address all of the issues, including avoiding or providing mechanisms to resolve any possible future disputes.
In mediation, you and your spouse will make all of the decisions, and neither of you can be forced to do anything to which he or she does not agree.
Successful mediation results in the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding, which lists the areas of agreement. Although not required, it is best practice for one of the spouses to hire an attorney to draft a Marriage Settlement Agreement, and to file the necessary documents to obtain the divorce. Most often, both spouses consult with a attorneys in order to obtain legal advice regarding the Agreement before signing it.