Going through a divorce is stressful even if both parties agree to it. There are important decisions that have to be made concerning division of assets and allocation of debt. If there are children, issues of custody, visitation and child support must be decided.
Family law courts encourage divorcing spouses to work out their own agreements if possible. If this is not possible, the court will makes its own decision on any unresolved issues. An experienced family law attorney who knows the criteria the court uses in making its orders can assist you in coming to an agreement with your spouse in order to avoid court intervention.
The Vadas Law Firm Encourages Mediation
At the Vadas Law Firm of Fairfax, VA, we have a divorce lawyer who encourages mediation as a way to assist divorcing spouses in resolving their issues without litigation. Mediation is generally less costly and less time-consuming when compared to the traditional divorce process. It also reduces the chances of future litigation since the parties have themselves made the important decisions on the issues.
The two spouses meet with a mediator either with or without their attorneys present. The role of the mediator is to act as a neutral party who assists the parties in defining the issues and discussing all alternative solutions. The mediator is to act only as a guide and does not give legal advice.
Mediation is confidential. If the process leaves some or all of the issues unresolved so that traditional litigation proceeds, the mediator, except in very limited situations, cannot be called into court as a witness.
Some couples want to separate and no longer live together, but have reasons not to pursue a traditional divorce. In such cases, a family law attorney can prepare legal separation documents so that the assets can be divided, debts allocated and the parties protected from being responsible for the debts the other party may incur after the date of the separation.
No matter which process seems to work for you, an advocate is found at the Vadas Law Firm can help you find your way through the legal maze of family law court.