Usually, a significantly less costly way to agree to disagree during a divorce is through divorce mediation. In mediation, an impartial person (the mediator) helps people reach an agreement both can accept. The mediator helps people discuss the issues in a way that often makes it easier for the couple to resolve the dispute themselves. Mediators do not make decisions. Agreements can only be made if everyone agrees. The mediator will not force you into anything.
Even if you don't think you can agree to everything, mediation can help you resolve some issues so you can focus on the issues you haven't resolved and let a judge decide them. By preparing for mediation, you are also preparing for the process if you do not reach an agreement.
Divorce mediation is a way to resolve divorce or custody disputes that allows you to control the outcome. In mediation, the only people involved in the dispute make decisions, as opposed to arbitration or litigation where a judge or arbitrator makes the final decision.
Divorce mediation and custody mediation usually consist of several joint meetings between spouses, each lasting several hours. During these meetings, the parties discuss the issues that need to be resolved in the case.
If you have been a victim of domestic violence, make sure you are safe and comfortable with the mediation process. Learn how to protect yourself and learn more about resources for victims of domestic violence.
A Paralegal can not give legal advice or go to court and advocate for you the same way a divorce attorney will. The cost for a paralegal is usually less than an attorney.
Determine separation of jointly-owned assets, alimony, and spousal support.