What is divorce mediation?
In Washington State, when spouses file for divorce or when a modification is requested, both parties can agree on the terms of their divorce or modification, and the court can adopt that agreement in the divorce decree or the new parenting plan or support order. Washington law and the Washington court system encourage people to attend mediation. In fact, in King County, the court requires that mediation occur in divorce and modification cases before a case can go to trial. Mediation involves a neutral third party (usually an attorney who practices as a mediator) who helps the parties resolve their differences regarding child custody, spousal support or other issues so that they can reach agreement.
Mediation can be a beneficial alternative to having the court resolve a couple’s disputes. Mediation is less formal than trial, has less rules and requirements and is far less expensive than preparing for trial. Mediation is not binding and allows you to reserve the right for trial of it is not successful.
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