Divorce can be a complicated, lengthy process that is difficult to navigate when you’re separating from your spouse in Arizona. The process can take longer than necessary when there are conflicts between both parties. Many couples have difficulty reaching an agreement when it comes to child custody, spousal support and division of assets. Divorce mediation includes a mediator who helps spouses negotiate.
How does mediation work?
Attorneys may be present during mediation to represent each spouse and help them work toward an agreement. This allows each party to have more control of the process and choose the outcome instead of leaving it in the hands of a judge.
Mediation is more informal and is often a lot less expensive than going through the court. Couples can save money and complete the divorce process more quickly if they are able to agree on important issues, and they may be happier with the resulting settlement than if a judge assigned it.
How to prepare for divorce mediation
You can prepare for divorce mediation by thinking about your expectations, such as whether you want certain assets or you want to share child custody. You also need to prepare to communicate clearly and avoid interrupting anyone in the meeting. Consider your triggers and reactions to practice patience and avoid becoming angry while working with your spouse during the mediation. You’ll also need to gather the necessary paperwork, which includes your recent pay stubs, any court filings, a certified copy of your marriage certificate, a copy of a prenup agreement if you have one and a list of all your assets.
Who can you contact for legal assistance?
An attorney with experience in divorce mediation may inform you of your rights and help you work toward a positive outcome. Your attorney may help you bring up important issues during mediation, such as spousal maintenance and premarital agreements.