Divorce Mediation and Pro Se Parties

Many people choose to represent themselves in their divorces to save on attorney’s fees  and court costs. They are called pro se litigants; pro se means – representing yourself. This choice is becoming most common in family law. But, what happens when one party  is ready to finalize their divorce and the other party is no longer in agreement? Or, what if the parties are just unsure about what issues to address? What is the alternative to spending thousands of dollars in hiring an attorney or going to court?

Divorce mediations are a great option in solving this problem. Have no clue what a mediation is?  You’re not alone.  Mediation is when a mediator helps each party get on track towards reaching agreements through negotiation. Think of a mediator like a referee, who is there to help you reach agreements and move toward resolution of your case. They can either be an attorney or a non-attorney who is certified by the state.

Many people believe that  they can only go to divorce mediation if they are being represented by an attorney, but that is not true. If you and your spouse, or significant other, have a problem or cannot agree, look for a divorce mediator that works with pro se families.

A mediator can help with not only disagreements, but can help identify things that are agreed upon; help the parties communicate more effectively; explore options that you may not have considered; and create an agreement that is acceptable to both parties.

Another benefit to mediation is the cost.  While you may spend a full day in an office with a mediator, the cost per hour will be significantly less than heading to court with an attorney in tow. Where you may end up spending five or ten thousand dollars working with an attorney and going to court, you will only spend a few hundred to a few thousand with a mediator and you will have a say in the outcome of your case!

I hope I have given you a good idea of the basics of a mediation. Look for more posts in the future about the process and benefits of mediation. If any of you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to comment below or reach out to us!

Have a very merry holidays!

 

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One Response to Divorce Mediation and Pro Se Parties

  1. Theresa Brewer July 27, 2015 at 12:26 am #

    Just went to court on July 1st 2015. non parent possessor( maternal grandmother ) given kids for standard summer and all other standard. she now wants myself non parent sole managing conservator ( paternal grandmother ) to sign a letter saying she can have more time or shes not bringing kids back till shes ready. Judge said she has them till 27th of July , first and third weekend are hers, dad ( parent possessor ) has them second and fourth and myself fifth. What can I do if she doesn’t bring them back. Children cried on phone 8 days ago they want to come home. They are 8 and 6 years old. been in my home from cps since August 2010. She won’t let them call anymore.

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