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What You Need to Know About Divorce Mediation in Georgia

| Jenni Brown |

Divorce in Georgia can be challenging and emotionally taxing. However, there is a more harmonious method that provides neutral ground and collaboration – divorce mediation. At Brown Dutton & Crider, our team of experienced family law attorneys and mediators are here to guide you through the mediation process and provide a safe space for you to negotiate your divorce effectively. 

In this blog article, you’ll learn more about what happens during a divorce mediation in Georgia and explore the possibilities it can hold for a more peaceful separation.  

What is Divorce Mediation in Georgia?  

Divorce mediation is a constructive approach for resolving important issues between divorcing parties such as child custody and support, alimony, and division of property. In this method, a neutral mediator facilitates discussions between the couple to help them arrive at solutions they can both agree on. Unlike a courtroom setting, mediation provides a private environment for resolving differences during divorce. 

But is divorce mediation right for your situation? For those who have experienced domestic abuse or have an untrustworthy spouse, mediation probably isn’t the best option. Mediation is great for couples who get along and have a mutual level of respect, as well as couples who agree on most issues but don’t exactly see eye-to-eye on every issue. Mediators provide a safe space to discuss divorce in an efficient, fair, and respectful way. 

How Does Divorce Mediation Work in Georgia? 

In Georgia, divorce mediation stands as an essential step before heading to court. The divorce mediation process encourages couples to find common ground outside of a formal courtroom setting. If agreed upon, couples can choose to use the mediation process in place of a traditional court-decided divorce.  

Here is a closer look at what the divorce mediation process looks like in Georgia:

➡️ Mediator Selection: Spouses and their attorneys can decide on a divorce mediator or have the court appoint one for them. 

➡️ Initial Session: Both parties meet with the mediator to discuss ground rules and an outline of the process. 

➡️ Open Dialogue: The divorce mediator will foster discussions between the two parties, allowing them to voice concerns, interests, and proposed solutions in a respectful, fair manner. 

➡️ Negotiation and Agreement: Through guided discussions, the mediator assists in finding common ground and reaching agreements on various divorce-related issues, such as child custody, asset division, and spousal support. 

➡️ Agreement Documentation: Once divorce agreements have been reached, the divorce mediator will formalize them into a legally binding divorce document. 

➡️ Finalizing the Divorce: The signed agreement is submitted to the court, finalizing the divorce process.  

This structured yet flexible framework empowers couples to actively participate in their divorce to craft agreements that suit their needs, as well as their children’s needs, in an effective manner.  

Benefits of Divorce Mediation in Georgia 

The mediation process is rooted in dialogue, understanding, and problem-solving to find common ground rather than highlighting differences. This method provides many benefits for couples, including: 

Control: Unlike a courtroom setting where decisions are decided by a judge, divorce mediation places the power in the hands of the individuals involved. This allows for active participation in decision-making, fostering a strong sense of control over the outcomes, as well as flexibility in creating an agreement that works for your family. 

Collaboration: During divorce mediation, parties work together to find middle-ground solutions. These collaborative problem-solving sessions often lead to more satisfactory, tailored solutions for both parties and any children involved.  

Cost-Effectiveness: Apart from the emotional toll, divorces also come with many financial implications, especially when battled in court. Mediation, on the other hand, tends to be more cost-effective. By bypassing extensive litigation and court appearances, you will save time and money. 

Preserved Relationships: For couples who need to maintain some level of connection post-divorce, specifically through co-parenting, mediation plays a pivotal role. Mediation fosters open communication and collaboration in a neutral environment, preserving amicable relationships and allowing individuals to move forward with gratitude and respect. 

Confidentiality: Privacy is crucial, especially when navigating sensitive matters like divorce. The mediation process is private and confidential, ensuring that personal matters discussed during sessions remain protected from the public.  

Brown Dutton & Crider Can Guide You Through the Divorce Mediation Process 

At Brown Dutton & Crider, our approach to divorce mediation is rooted in empathy and understanding. Our experienced mediators and attorneys create a supportive environment that prioritizes open communication, fairness, and respect for each client’s circumstances.  

We understand that the divorce process can be confusing and difficult to navigate alone. A skilled mediator can make all the difference in your case. Our experienced family law mediators are here to guide you through the process, protect your rights, and reach the best possible solution for your family’s unique situation.    

If you have questions about your situation or are interested in scheduling a consultation, contact the attorneys at Brown Dutton & Crider today. Call (678) 730-2578 or get in touch with us here.