How Does Divorce Mediation Work In Missouri And Kansas?
Divorce mediation works differently than a traditionally litigated divorce case in Missouri and Kansas. Family law matters such as divorce, child custody and other issues can be incredibly difficult to resolve. Everyone has their own agendas and often conflicting sets of best interests. But creating effective resolutions can often be best achieved by finding common ground through the mediation process.
In Missouri and Kansas, you can enter in to the divorce mediation process at any time during a divorce, and sometimes a judge will order mediation in your case. This process helps people resolve the most intractable disputes and is an especially well-suited tool for the needs of people facing family law issues. Working with an experienced mediator can help you finalize your divorce on your terms.
Divorce mediators are impartial, meaning that they are not legal counsel for either you or your spouse, cannot offer legal advice or make legal decisions. The mediator can, however, advise you about the law to help you make decisions. A divorce mediator’s job is to explore all areas of concern, in order to identify areas of common interest and agreement.
Divorce mediation occurs in a safe, private environment for all parties involved. This type of mediation is well-suited for spouses that have specific needs and interests, rather than following the Court’s general standards, that may not suit everyone. During mediation sessions, only spouses and their mediator are present and all discussions are confidential.
If there are children involved, a mediator will make sure that each spouse fully considers the best choices for their children and how decisions made within mediation will affect their future.
Spouses are encouraged to seek additional legal counsel to review the divorce agreement once all issues are successfully resolved.
Divorce mediation reduces stress because spouses keep the decision-making power in their hands instead of ceding that power to a judge. And in cases with children, it can help develop a paradigm of cooperation or peaceful dispute resolution that will be very beneficial as children are raised.
As a divorce mediator, I have helped thousands of couples and parents in mediation at various points in the divorce process, and have seen the good that comes from it. For more than 40 years I have been helping people work through the most difficult family law matters, and there isn’t an issue too difficult that can’t be resolved through divorce mediation.
If you are in the Kansas City Metro area and believe divorce mediation is the best solution for you and your family, contact me today to schedule a consultation, or feel free to call me at (816) 533-5152 with any questions you have regarding your divorce case.