The Advantages Of Mediation

Not all divorces are contentious. Many times a marriage has come to a place where both people understand it's just not going to work.

In these instances alternative dispute resolution (ADR) may be the best option. Mediation is one form of ADR that many divorcing couples have found efficient and effective.

Changes In Wisconsin Law

Recent changes in Wisconsin law have altered the role of the mediator. Today, mediators have the power to write binding agreements and finalize the details of the divorce. This makes family law mediation effective and much faster and more private than courtroom proceedings.

Who Should Use Mediation?

If you and your spouse are generally in agreement as to the terms of your divorce, but have some minor issues to work out, mediation may be the right way to proceed. Minor issues include:

  • Specific child custody/placement issues
  • Details on the schedule for children
  • How to deal with retirement accounts
  • What to do with the house: sell, keep, refinance
  • How to divide the appliances and furniture
  • Other specific financial issues

This is not a complete list. You and your spouse may have a different list of issues to work out before making your divorce final. At D'Angelo & Grabow, we work with hundreds of couples, all of whom have different and sometimes unique issues.

When Mediation Is Not The Right Choice

Mediation is helpful to most amicably divorcing couples, but not all. Mediation is not ideal for situations where there is mistrust or a history of violence, abuse or drug use.

What If Mediation Doesn't Work?

When couples cannot resolve the issues in mediation, one option is to let the attorneys decide. If negotiations break down and you do end up going to trial, the judge will know only that the mediation failed. He or she will not have access to the details of your mediation.

The Four Top Advantages Of Mediation

For many couples who can come to an agreement on the big issues, mediation can work well. Most people find mediation to be:

  1. Private
  2. Cost-effective
  3. Efficient
  4. Less stressful than going to court

Get Your Mediation Questions Answered Today

Not sure if mediation is right for you? Call D'Angelo & Grabow at our Waukesha, Wisconsin, office and ask for a free, 30-minute consultation. A lawyer experienced in mediation will walk you through the mediation process and answer your questions. Should you decide to work with us, we will be there every step of the way to guide and advise you. Email us or call today: 262-278-0987. Serving Waukesha, Milwaukee and clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin.