When you think about divorce, do you picture a scene of couples fighting openly in court? While some divorcing spouses require messy litigation to get through the dissolution process, many couples in Washington can avoid it by utilizing an alternative dispute resolution method called mediation.
Mediation can work in just about any case—even those with complex issues, such as significant asset division.
How exactly does mediation work?
During mediation, you and your spouse meet in a neutral location to discuss divorce terms. A mediator will be present who will work on keeping the conversation moving productively and help you both reach divorce terms that are in line with applicable laws. The mediator cannot take sides or help one party achieve better settlement terms than the other.
Mediation generally costs less and takes less time than litigation, which is why it is so appealing for many couples. However, it may not be for everyone. Mediation only works if each party is willing to negotiate.
Some couples can reach settlement terms after just a few sessions, some require more time and others may still end up taking their case to trial. Every case is unique, and while you can work through mediation without the assistance of legal counsel, it is always advised to consult with an experienced family law attorney before signing anything to ensure you are getting the best divorce terms possible.
has several benefits and may be worth giving a try, even if you think your case presents too many complex issues. If you are on the fence about the best way to approach your divorce, it is okay to ask questions and learn about all of your options before initiating the process. Contact a qualified family law attorney to learn more.