You are ready to get a divorce and know that you and your spouse are not going to agree on much. You just want to take your case to court but keep hearing about having to try mediation. Is mediation mandatory in Washington?
Mediation is where a couple meets with a neutral third party to try and work out a divorce settlement. It can work even if the couple has children or complex assets. It will only work if each party is willing to talk things through and be open to negotiation. In the state of Washington, yes, mediation is generally mandatory in contested divorce cases.
If mediation fails to produce desirable results, or if mediation is deemed inappropriate for your case, you may move to have your divorce handled in court. Wondering in what cases mediation may be completely avoided? You may skip mediation if you receive court approval to do so or if domestic violence is an issue in your marriage. Legal counsel can review your situation and help you figure out the best way to proceed with your divorce.
Mediation can end up saving you time and money. It can keep your divorce details private. It can give you a say in the matter instead of leaving everything up to a judge. There are a lot of benefits, which is why it is typically mandatory in Washington. To learn more about it and how an attorney can either help you through it or avoid it, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.