Reaching A Divorce Agreement Through Mediation
By the time a divorce is in progress, there’s often been plenty of fighting and tension. Using a mediator to settle your divorce can shift the dynamic between you and your ex. You can move forward with a plan you can use to build a happier future for each of you and the children you share.
At McClung & Associates, our attorneys, Kerry McClung and Chase Whittaker, are experienced Virginia family law mediators. In addition to serving as third-party neutrals in mediation, we also advise clients who are using mediation to shape their divorce agreement.
How Divorce Mediation Works
In Virginia, couples can voluntarily choose mediation to resolve their disagreements around divorce settlement terms, or they can be ordered to try it by a judge. There are many advantages to voluntary mediation, including:
- The fee for mediation is split between you and your ex
- Mediated divorces tend to be less expensive, especially compared to a litigated divorce
- Mediation can promote better post-divorce cooperation and co-parenting communication
- Your children are not put in an adversarial position
- Couples can create individualized solutions to meet the needs of each member of the family
In mediation, you will work with a mediator – a neutral third party who represents neither you nor your ex – to communicate with your ex and develop your settlement terms related to child custody, asset division and other matters. Your personal divorce attorney can be at your side during negotiations to advise you. Most mediation sessions are conducted in person or via Zoom.
Certainly, there are times when mediation is not the answer – for example, if your family has experienced domestic violence or child abuse prior to the divorce filing. Our attorneys can discuss your options and help you determine if mediation is the right path for you.
Learn More About Divorce Mediation
To discuss the advantages of mediation with our experienced family law attorneys, call us at 804-548-6565. You can also request an initial phone consultation. We work with clients throughout the greater Richmond area, including Henrico and Chesterfield counties.