Milwaukee Mediation Attorneys Fostering Cooperative Divorce
There are some divorces that warrant a trial before the court; however, most do not. Our more than 35 years of experience in divorce and family law suggests that a collaborative process, when possible, makes for a better process. Coming to an agreement with your spouse can positively affect you and your children and improve the post-divorce relationship between you and your former spouse. At Hart Law Office, we explore these collaborative options with you as a better alternative to contentious litigation.
What is divorce mediation?
Mediation is a process whereby an independent third party, known as a mediator, attempts to facilitate agreement between divorcing spouses on those areas that are contested. Mediation is a cooperative family law process that occurs outside of the courtroom. During mediation, divorcing spouses are encouraged to communicate and work on an agreement, keeping the best interests of their children at the forefront of their minds.
Divorce mediation can help you get a fair and appropriate settlement
Under Wisconsin law, in most circumstances where child custody is contested, all parties seeking a divorce are required to engage in an initial session of mediation. During this session, a skilled court-appointed mediator is assigned to meet with you and your spouse to explore a mutually agreeable child custody arrangement. After this initial session, if you and your spouse have made progress but no agreement has been reached, you may engage in additional sessions. Our divorce attorneys prepare you for divorce mediation and ensure that you enter the process informed and engaged.
Is mediation better than a divorce trial?
For many couples struggling with child custody issues, mediation is better than a trial. Mediation is a cooperative process that works to reduce the conflict between spouses and empowers them to work together in the best interests of their children. The settlement coming out of mediation represents the wishes and agreement of both parties, which can reduce the hostility between parents after the divorce process is complete. There are, however, some couples for whom mediation is not appropriate. For example, the mediator is not allowed to discuss issues pertaining to property distribution, spousal maintenance or child support, unless there is a direct link to the contested child custody issue. Therefore, if these are highly contested issues, a trial may be a better option. Also, there are some situations in which mediation may be inappropriate, including:
- If you are a victim of domestic violence
- If you or your spouse struggle with substance abuse
- If child abuse has been alleged
- If your safety or the safety of your spouse is in question
Hart Law Office can help you determine if mediation is a safe and appropriate alternative to trial for your family.
Contact our Milwaukee law office to explore your legal options during a divorce
Divorce mediation may be a more cooperative and compassionate process for you and your spouse. Call 414-436-3212 or contact our attorneys online today to explore this and other options. We offer weekend and evening appointments to accommodate your schedule. We are located in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward and can be easily reached by public transportation.