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. It allows you to work with your spouse to craft creative solutions and avoid litigation.
Are you interested in learning more about mediation? Call our mediation-trained and experienced attorneys at our office in Waukesha. We can help you and your spouse overcome any disputes and reach a comprehensive agreement on the terms of your divorce or family law issues.
For many couples who can come to an agreement on the big issues, mediation can work well. Most people find mediation to be:
Less stressful than going to court
In 2018, Wisconsin law altered the role of the mediator. In the past, mediators could not draft your final agreement. Today, mediators have the power to prepare agreements and finalize the details of the divorce. This makes family law mediation effective and much faster, and more private than courtroom proceedings.
If you and your spouse are generally in agreement as to the terms of your divorce, or are motivated to avoid litigation and would like to craft your own creative solutions, mediation may be the right way to proceed.
As mediators, we work with hundreds of couples, all of whom have different and sometimes unique issues.
Mediation is helpful to some divorcing couples, but not all. Mediation may not work for situations where there is mistrust or a history of violence, abuse or drug use. Our attorneys will consult with you to determine whether mediation may work given your family’s situation.
When couples cannot resolve their issues in mediation, they may need to schedule their case for a contested hearing/trial. 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.
Not sure if mediation is right for you? Call D'Angelo & Grabow, LLP 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. Serving Waukesha, Milwaukee and clients throughout southeastern Wisconsin.