Before you start mediating, you might want to discuss the issues listed below with someone you trust who may be able to advise you. You should consider getting advice from a lawyer if the case involves legal issues, there is a lot of money or property at stake, or you want a legal expert to advise you before and/or during the mediation. You’ll still have to go to court to officially end the marriage, but in this scenario, the court will review your settlement agreement, and if approved, it will become part of the divorce judgment. It’s not unusual for an uncontested divorce to conclude within a month or so of the date you file the petition.
In collaborative divorce, the spouses and their attorneys hold a number of “4-way” sessions, to attempt to resolve outstanding issues. Typically, the couple will also bring in joint experts, such as joint financial planners or accountants, child and family therapists, and possibly appraisers.
The spouses must commit to a team approach, where everyone is working toward the stated goal of settling all issues outside of court and in a way that works bests for the family.