- Couple uses a mediator to help voluntarily settle disputes over issues.
- Mediator prepares a Memorandum of Understanding.
- Mediator may or may not be an attorney.
Best used for
- Couples who have issues to settle, but nothing that has to go to court
- Can be less expensive than traditional method
- Neutral third party, experienced in mediation
- Less adversarial
- No one completely “on your side”
- Not appropriate if spouse becomes difficult
- May need to resort to traditional divorce
- Either party (or both) may decide to retain attorney
- Even if mediator is an attorney, each may need review of paperwork by separate attorney (QDROs, etc.)