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Many clients have heard of mediation, but they might not know the mediation definition in law or specifically in a divorce or family law case. We have provided an easy to understand break-down of what you can expect during family law mediation and divorce mediation.

Our divorce attorneys and family law attorneys have represented hundreds of clients during their mediation proceedings and will fight for the best possible outcome if you are in need of an expert family law attorney from Sonoran Law Group to represent you during your divorce mediation or family law mediation.

What Is Mediation?

Many couples who are filing for divorce, are legally separated, or are considering filing often ask what is mediation?

Broadly, mediation is a legal intervention used to help people, family members, neighbors, peers, and others settle different cases, like divorce or disputes, with an impartial representative to discuss the wants and needs of the two parties efficiently, with compassion, and respect for one another and the law.

In divorce and family law mediation, topics including property division, child custody, Arizona child support laws, visitation, alimony, division of debt, and overall plans for a family plan will openly be discussed as both parties are able to voice their view or perspective in the matter.

A mediator does not hold the power to impose settlements. They do, however, play an important role in hearing both sides and taking the needs of the individuals, children, and other family members into account. A trusted family law attorney from our firm will act as your support during mediation to make sure your opinion, voice, and view are heard and respected.

How to Prepare for Mediation?

Each case is different, but for the most part, either the court or the two parties will select a mediator who will manage and coordinate communication between the parties. Our divorce lawyer or family law attorney appointed to your case will go over the details of what you can expect from mediation and answer any questions you have about the process while also preparing you for what questions may or may not be asked of you.

The mediator will go over any major conflicts between the parties and move along to any disagreements and ask for legal documents your appointed family law attorney has already gathered from you at this point. You may be asked to draft written agreements between you and your spouse or ex.

Proceeding the initial discussion, the mediator will then draft a Memo of Understanding or a document that outlines what the parties have agreed to move forward with. Once signed, the mediator will then transfer the documents to the court of law assigned to your case. Our family law lawyers will keep you up to date on any progress and new information in real time, ensuring your peace of mind.

Most mediation sessions cost $200 per hour and can take anywhere from two hours to spanning over weeks or months depending on the positions of the parties involved. At Sonoran Law Group, we are fully prepared to support you in the time frame you are comfortable with as your case unfolds. Give us a call today and schedule your appointment with our expert family law attorneys who are ready to work with you to help your case.