Not all Georgia divorces have to involve a fierce battle in court. For couples who still get along, and who wish to speed up the process, mediation can be a good option. Mediation is more affordable in most cases, and it usually takes less time. For mediation to be successful, both parties should go into the process knowing that compromises must be made on both sides.
When mediation can work
Mediation involves a divorcing couple negotiating divorce terms like asset division, spousal support, and child custody. A third party, known as the mediator, works with the couple to help them understand the issues at hand and to answer questions. The mediator does not represent either side and does not offer advice. In mediation, it’s advisable that each person works with their own attorney to provide legal insight during negotiations.
Mediation can work when the relationship is civil and both parties feel comfortable negotiating the terms in a less-formal setting when compared to a courtroom. During mediation, one should be prepared with all relative financial and marital documentation to provide information during negotiations. Once mediation is complete, the terms are put into writing and presented to the court before the divorce is finalized.
An attorney can help choose the right path
Mediation works for some, but it’s not ideal in every situation. When one is facing divorce, it’s important to work with an attorney that has knowledge of Georgia’s divorce laws. There is much to negotiate during the process and making the right decisions for one’s personal situation is best facilitated when one works with an experienced attorney.