CC photo courtesy of srqpix via Flickr
CC photo courtesy of srqpix via Flickr

By Margie Mittleman

Resolving issues concerning your divorce can be costly and difficult. While only a judge can grant a divorce, the other issues: division of your property and your debts, alimony, child support, custody and parenting time are some of the things that can be handled another way. Instead of leaving all your unresolved issues up to the judge to decide in court, you can consider mediation to come to a consensus on your marital settlement agreement, and keep your divorce out of the courtroom. Mediation is an option which offers greater privacy than resolving your issues in a public setting. It is typically faster and less expensive, and may reduce the level of conflict between you and your spouse. At Divorce Docs, we offer mediation services as an alternative dispute resolution method to help you and your spouse agree to the issues relating to your divorce before the matter is presented to the judge.

Mediation is a means of resolving differences with the help of an impartial third party in an informal, non-adversarial manner. At Divorce Docs, we bring you and your spouse together in a neutral, comfortable setting. Our mediators do not represent either side and do not offer legal advice (although parties are always entitled to have legal representation with them should they choose to do so).

Divorce Docs mediators will help you identify the issues and gather information to assist you and your spouse in making informed decisions so you can come to an agreeable solution.

Just as every marriage is unique, every divorce is unique as well. Using a Divorce Docs mediator allows you to participate in the decisions that will impact your life, rather than leaving the issues to the judge to decide. Presenting a judge with a case in which the only decision is whether to grant the divorce will allow that decision to be made more quickly, and will keep you out of the courtroom!