Family courts handle a lot of different cases for people who are in all different situations. In some cases, families find that it's helpful for everyone involved to work with a family law mediator. This can be more affordable than a lengthy court battle involving expensive lawyers. It can also be less stressful and can make it easier for families to maintain civil relationships with one another, even as a traditional family is dissolving and changing in a very big way. Plus, solutions that are better for every family member can often be found this way. When you work with a family law mediator, you'll be working with a neutral third party who will help you discuss various matters related to family law. These are some of the different things that a family law mediator can help with.
If you and your spouse are considering a divorce, the first step might be a legal separation. This is required in many states before you can pursue a divorce. When getting separated, it's important to figure out things like which spouse will remain in the marital home and who will be responsible for various bills and debts. A mediator can help you with your legal separation.
Once you and your spouse are ready to get a divorce, it'll be time to make more permanent arrangements for things like marital property and assets. If you and your spouse are on relatively good terms with one another, mediation might work without the need to hire a lawyer. This may be especially true if you don't have a lot of marital property and assets to divide up. You may be able to end your marriage without the stress and money that goes along with working with divorce lawyers by working with a family law mediator.
If you share one or more children with someone you are not in a relationship with, child custody and visitation has to be worked out. Going through family law mediation is a good way to work out a custody and visitation plan that works well for both parents and the children who are involved. You may find that mediation is in the best interests of your children, rather than putting them through the stresses of child custody court.
Lastly, a family law mediator can help with child support. Working out a child support schedule that works for the non-custodial parent's income and that provides necessary funds for the care of the children is typically the goal when you go to mediation for this type of thing. For more information, contact a company like Schmude Mediations, PLLC.