The end of a marriage is a difficult time. The challenges can be made even more pronounced when you have a contentious divorce. One thing that some couples do that can make this a bit easier is to go through mediation instead of taking the divorce to trial.
Going through mediation enables you and your ex to work as a team so that everything can be finished as quickly as possible.
When you go through mediation, you will work with a mediator. This is a person who will try to keep the matter on track. They will help you through the property division, child custody, and any other matters that must be resolved.
The good news about mediation is that it puts you and your ex in control of what happens. You can say what you need, and your ex can counter. During this process, the mediator can sometimes offer alternatives that might work for both parties. The back and forth may eventually end in a mutually agreeable resolution.
It can often take multiple trips to the mediator to get everything worked out. In between these meetings, you can think about what matters are coming up so that you can have a plan developed when you go in again.
Once you come to a legal agreement about the end of the marriage, it will be put on paper. This is then presented to the judge for final approval. In most cases, the entire process takes less time than having to wait for a court date and go through the trial process.