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Mediate Your Divorce in Washington State
Mediation is a process by which you and your spouse can work together to come to an agreement regarding the terms of your divorce. This can save you a lot of time and money, and will help you avoid the stress of going to court. If you are considering divorce and would like to mediate the process, please contact us to speak with a Vancouver divorce mediator.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a neutral third party helps two people resolve a dispute without going to court. In a divorce, mediation can be used to negotiate the terms of the divorce, and to make decisions about property division, child custody, and support.
When Might You Want to Mediate Your Divorce?
When you and your spouse agree that divorce is the best course of action.
Mediation can be a great option if you and your spouse are on relatively good terms and agree that divorce is best. Mediation can help you work through the issues and come to an agreement that is in your best interests without the stress and expense of a court battle.
- Mediate your divorce if you are concerned about privacy and control - When you mediate your divorce, you have more control over the process. You will be able to decide when and where the mediation will take place, and you will be able to choose the mediator.
- Mediate your divorce if you and your spouse want to save money - Mediation is often much less expensive than divorce litigation, especially when the parties are able to work together and agree on terms.
- Mediate your divorce if you want to resolve issues quickly - Mediation can be a much swifter process than divorce litigation. Mediation allows you to work through the issues and come to an agreement without having to endure the stress of a court battle.
- Mediate your divorce if you and your spouse can be civil to each other - Mediation can be very difficult if you and your spouse have a contentious relationship. If you can be civil to each other, then you will be more likely to be able to reach an agreement.
Can You Mediate Your Spousal Support?
Yes, you can mediate spousal support. In Washington State, you can also mediate child support, but the court will have the final say over the agreement.
When mediating spousal support, it is important to have a good idea of how much support your spouse will need. You will also need to provide the court with information about your income and your spouse's income. If you are mediating spousal support, you should also be prepared to discuss your spouse's expenses and how much money they will need. You can then use this information to negotiate an agreement that is in your spouse's best interest.
If you are not sure what spousal support your spouse may need, then you should consult with a family law attorney before you enter into mediation. An attorney can help you better prepare for the mediation and assist you with negotiating an agreement that is in your spouse's best interest.
Can You Mediate Your Child Custody?
Yes, you can mediate child custody. When mediating child custody, you will need to decide upon a parenting plan. The parenting plan will outline your custody arrangement, including where your child will live and how much time they will spend with each parent.
You should also be prepared to discuss parenting plans with your spouse. This can include your plans for your child's education and upbringing, how much time they will spend with each parent, and how you will make decisions for them. You can then use this information to negotiate an agreement that is in your child's best interest.
How Long Does Mediation Take?
Mediation can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to complete. The length of the mediation will depend on how many issues you and your spouse need to resolve, and how cooperative you and your spouse are.
Do I Need a Mediator?
If you have decided to mediate your divorce, then you will need to find a mediator. You can find a list of Washington State-accredited family mediators here.
When choosing a mediator, you should find someone who is experienced in family mediation and who is familiar with the process and requirements for divorce in Washington State. You should also feel comfortable with the mediator, as you will be working closely with them throughout the process.
Contact Us Today
Mediation is a great option for resolving your divorce. If you are considering this process, then please contact us today. Give us a call at (360) 566-6966 to speak with our Vancouver mediation lawyer today.
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