Often a skilled mediator can help a couple who can come to agreement bypass the court system. This process can work best in a relatively amicable situation, although there are certainly some difficult decisions.
In this process, Brenda, as a CDFA® – Certified Divorce Financial Analyst and a trained divorce Mediator – is helpful as a neutral party to layout financial options for the couple to discuss and decide upon. This can be especially useful if a primary mediator’s background leans more toward the mental health or legal arena than financial areas.
Sometimes during mediation, one of the parties who might not feel as well versed in their finances and options might work with Brenda individually. These sessions educate them about their position and what these decisions might mean for their future. Ultimately this can lead to a faster conclusion to divorce mediation and a more lasting agreement.
The mediation process is private. The agreement (a Memorandum of Understanding) is usually reviewed by each party’s attorney. One attorney then writes the legal document which is submitted to the court to be entered and legally finalize the divorce.