Hartford, WI Family Law Mediation Attorney

In addition to being emotionally trying, divorce is also often stressful and expensive. This is true even when both parties to a divorce decide to part ways on amicable terms. Divorce mediation can make the process exponentially easier, and cheaper. It can also allow both parties to maintain control over the major decision-making responsibilities about sensitive subjects such child custody and finances and remove much of the uncertainty that often comes with divorce.

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage but want to do so in the most amicable and cost-effective way possible, reach out to the law offices of MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, today. Our compassionate Hartford, WI, mediation attorneys can help you work through common divorce issues and find a solution that works for both of you as individuals and your family as a whole. If you want to take control of your divorce, give our lawyers a call today.

What is Divorce Mediation and When is it Necessary?

Divorce mediation involves the parties of a divorce to meet with a trained and objective third party who can help them work through both common issues of divorce and problems unique to the couple’s situation. The goal of mediation is to help couples maintain control of the dissolution and to dissolve the union in as amicable and cost-effective a manner as possible. Some issues that a couple might resolve in mediation include the following:

  • Child custody and parenting time;
  • Child support and spousal maintenance;
  • Retirement;
  • Distribution of property and liabilities; and taxes

If mediation is successful, the couple can resolve their divorce and draft an agreement without ever having to go before a judge.

For couples without children, mediation is merely beneficial but not necessary. However, most Wisconsin judges mandate mediation when children are involved. This is because mediation can help parties work toward a child custody and support agreement in a non-hostile environment and in a way that allows both parties to maturely discuss what truly is in the best interests of the children. Again, it also allows couples to retain control of a very sensitive issue.

What are the Benefits of Mediation?

Mediation allows for much more flexibility than what litigation can provide. For instance, if a couple was to resolve its divorce through litigation, the parties would have little say in how issues were resolved, and there would be little room for negotiation. In litigation, a judge uses strict formulas to devise a solution and gives little thought to emotions. With mediation, however, couples can work toward a solution that is beneficial for the heart, mind, and wallet. Some major benefits of mediation include the following:

  • It allows the couple to maintain control of their futures, rather than handing that control over to a judge;
  • It allows couples to maintain their privacy;
  • It can help couples avoid the stress caused by litigation and public testimony;
  • It can exponentially speed up the divorce process by eliminating the need to await for court dates and prepare for trial;
  • It can help parties of a divorce resolve their issues in a courteous and respectful manner, which can subsequently help them maintain a healthy relationship post-divorce; and It can helps reduce the overall costs of divorce.

If a couple can formalize an agreement that meets court approval, the only need the parties will have for a judge will be to finalize the document.

Get on the Path to an Amicable and Affordable Divorce Today

Even if you and your spouse agree on all divorce issues, the process itself can be complex and emotional, and despite your best intentions, it can still throw surprises your way. If you want to eliminate the possibility for surprises, and if you want keep fees and emotional costs as limited as possible, contact our Hartford family law mediation attorneys at MacGillis Wiemer, LLC, today.