Unfortunately, for various reasons, marriages can end. Because you and your spouse may have had children together, purchased a house, shared finances, and/or incurred debts, you have a lot to consider when making the difficult decision to split up. In some cases, you and your spouse may agree on how to resolve these matters; however, in others, you might not be able to find a resolution.
Divorce mediation offers a way to settle disagreements with the help of a third-party. A mediator listens to the goals of both you and your spouse and tries to find compromises to help you meet your needs. The mediator’s role isn’t to be a judge or decide what each spouse is entitled to; instead, they ask questions to help you and your spouse focus your wants so they can be expressed clearly. You and your spouse make the final decisions.
Issues that Can Be Addressed in Mediation
During mediation, you, your spouse, the mediator, and your attorneys (if you have them) can discuss all marital issues that can arise in a divorce.
This could include the following family law fields:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Division of assets
- Financial issues
- Spousal support
If your divorce involves the issue of domestic abuse, you can discuss the matter privately with your own attorney to let them know that face-to-face mediation with your spouse might not be possible.
Before Going to Mediation
It is essential be prepared before attending a mediation meeting.
You will want to gather information concerning:
- Recurring expenses
- Current childcare arrangements
- Any other information pertinent to your divorce
You may also want to consult with your attorney before a mediation hearing. Although a mediator will be present during the proceedings, they are concerned with finding a compromise between you and your spouse to make the process go a bit smoother; they are not there to provide legal advice to either party.
Your attorney is concerned with your best interests alone. They can advise you of your legal rights and help ensure you consider crucial matters during the mediation. Ohio has various laws on how property is divided or how child and spousal support is determined, among other things; your lawyer can help you understand the legal aspects before you begin discussing them with a mediator and your spouse.
After you have reached a proposed agreement during mediation, your attorney can help evaluate it.
Settlement Not Reached
If you’re unable to reach a settlement through mediation, you can take your case to court and have your attorneys negotiate on your behalf.
For Compassionate Legal Representation, Contact Rion, Rion & Rion
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, reach out to our supportive and compassionate attorneys for legal help. We understand that these matters can be emotionally stressful and have an impact on your family and future. That is why we stay focused on your goals while seeking a favorable outcome in your case.
To discuss your situation with our attorneys, call us at (937) 223-9133 or contact us online.