If you are faced a situation and the divorce is the only solution, you would start to search for the lawyer. But do you know that you can save money during the divorce procedure?
Hiring a lawyer can be the ideal choice to win a divorce case, but you can significantly reduce your legal expenses by using a mediator. Mediation is an alternative way to solve a dispute without a trial. It can work pretty well especially if both parties agree to undergo mediation and to find a peaceful solution. You can still hire a lawyer who will give and advice on the agreement and will homologate the agreement. This will be significantly cheaper than if you would decide to go on trial.
So what should be your steps if you choose mediation?
First, you should agree with your spouse about using a mediator. Your spouse should also be present.
Second, you need to start to search for a mediator. You should carefully choose a mediator. Ideally, it should be a practicing lawyer specialized in family law and who offers the mediation services as well. But some other professionals as notaries, social workers, and family therapists can also help you with mediation.
Third, you should agree who will be paid for the mediation and how you will divide this payment.
You should collect all the necessary documents and bring them to the meeting with your mediator. Prepare the list of all assets of each spouse as well as your joint assets including debts and liabilities. Don’t forget to bring the information regarding the income of each spouse and expenses for your children (if applicable).
Mediation can be a good alternative to the divorce court, but unfortunately, it doesn’t always work. If the divorce is disputed or no agreement on important issues such as the children, you should rather consider filing a lawsuit. To be successful in mediation, your relationships with your spouse should remain amicable.
In Quebec, any time the interests of the parties and their children are at stake in connection with child custody, spousal or child support; the parties must participate in a parenting and mediation information session if they do not agree to undergo mediation together. If you have children and you live in Quebec, the province allows you to have 5 hours of mediation free of charge.
In any case, we recommend contacting Stiverne Law Firm who specializes in family law. The meeting with the Stiverne Law Firm can help you to determine the best way to pursue your divorce proceedings.