Unlike a court divorce, the divorce mediation process does not involve a judge taking the lead on property division and child custody. Instead, the couple works with a neutral mediator to decide on their own how their assets and debts should be divided and how their parenting plan will work. One potential hazard of divorce mediation is that the final agreement between the husband and wife will not be fair. However, there are four ways that you can verify that you aren’t getting shortchanged.
- The mediator approves of the agreement. Your mediator should be neutral and without bias. In addition, your mediator should prevent an unfair agreement from taking place under his or her watch. If the mediator approves, it is a sign that your divorce is as fair as possible.
- The judge approves of the agreement. Even though a Washington judge won’t settle your divorce, he or she will still need to officially approve of your divorce agreement. A judge should not sign off on a divorce agreement that is obviously unfair to one spouse.
- You feel that it is just and fair. If you are happy with the settlement and do not feel shortchanged or bullied, it is a good sign that the divorce is fair and equal.
- Your attorney approves of the agreement. Your divorce attorney is the person looking after your best interests—and also the person who knows divorce law. He will best be able to confirm that your settlement is just.
Do you want a Seattle divorce attorney to have your best interests at heart during your Washington family mediation? Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny to speak with an experienced lawyer today: 425-460-0550.