Mediation is quite flexible, it can begin at any time. Some couples turn to mediation to resolve family issues before they get hostile, by working out a parenting schedule or division of property at the beginning of separation. Sitting with a mediator to discuss issues beforehand can help you communicate better, before the actual divorce process begins.
My recommendation is to try mediating your divorce and custody issues FIRST! Couples can mediate to divide property and create parenting plans before heading down the litigation path. Because mediation is a cost effective and amicable process, most families will benefit from trying mediation first, before rushing to court. You can settle all or most of your disagreements this way, rather than letting a judge decide the outcome.
If you are currently in the court system and the long and painful process is at a standstill or money is running low, you may also benefit from mediation. Typically the arguing and fighting in court will run its course. Both of you may become tired of the fighting and desire a peaceful resolution for you and your family. The court system often fails families, but there is always time to turn towards a new peaceful direction.
After the divorce, families often turn to mediation to work out and maintain parenting, custody and child support plans peacefully. Instead of running to court to ask the judge how often you can see your children, consider sitting down with a mediator and work out a plan peacefully. Whatever stage you are in, a trained and qualified mediator can help you work out a plan that is right for you and your family!
If you would like more information about a healthy divorce, contact Dawn Clement at Dawn@ClementMediation.com to set up a consultation.