Self-determination is defined as the ability to make decision and take action by yourself and without outside pressures or compulsions. More simply put, self-determination is the freedom to make your own choices without force from others.

Self-determination is the foundation of divorce mediation and family mediation. When you take your divorce to court in Washington State, a judge makes the final decision for your and your family – and you have to accept those decisions. When you use the process of divorce mediation, only you and your spouse have the power to agree on a settlement, on property division and on child support and parenting plans. While a mediator and mediation attorney are involved in the process, no one excepts you and your spouse will make final decisions. Everyone else involved in mediation is simply there to facilitate the conversation, inform the two participants, and provide support.

If you and your spouse believe that divorce mediation may be the right choice for you, and the self-determination is a concept that appeals to you, you may wish to speak with a Seattle mediation attorney. Call the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny today to learn more and to schedule an appointment with an experienced mediation lawyer.

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Divorce and Child Custody Attorney Serving Bellevue and Seattle Washington