Divorce is a difficult process, emotions run high and each side has their own reasons to feel hurt and angry. Finalization of a divorce is often prolonged because each party has a difficult time negotiating with the other.
In an effort to make the divorce negotiations more civil and help them proceed in a timely manner, it may be recommended that the couple participate in mediation. Mediation allows both sides to sit down and make all the plans for the divorce in a controlled environment. These plans can then be submitted to the court for final approval and the granting of the divorce.
During mediation, both parties, as well as their attorneys, will be present and they will approach each subject concerning the divorce. This can include:
Splitting of marital assets
Child custody, visitation and support
Other additional issues
These negotiations will determine how the assets that were acquired during the marriage will be split. Possessions such as the home, cars, furnishings, jewelry and even gifts given to each other must be divided. Investment and retirement accounts must also be addressed, as well as any future financial obligations.
Determining child custody, support and visitation is often the most difficult task during the divorce mediation, as it is often a highly emotional subject between both parties. However, lawyers and mediators understand that this is a very volatile subject and will work to ensure that the best interests of the children are made. This part of the negotiations is very critical to a successful divorce. The court will look very carefully at this part of the divorce decree to ensure that the children are protected in every way.
There may be additional factors that need be considered as part of the divorce. Since each circumstance surrounding a marriage and divorce are different, each one must be negotiated in a different way.
It is possible that it might take one or more meetings to accomplish a final agreement. Once the negotiations have been agreed upon, the attorneys can approach the court for a final divorce decree for the couple.
Keith & Associates Legal, PLLC has experienced divorce attorneys who can help you navigate the difficulties ahead and help protect your interests. Call today for a free consultation. 918-574-8500