Divorce mediation is a process where both spouses agree to use it to settle their differences. The spouses select the mediator, who serves as a neutral third party. While most states will not force a couple to go through mediation, some do require them to demonstrate good faith. The first meeting helps the mediator gauge how far the two parties have come. The session will also help the mediator determine where the couple needs help.
During the mediation process, the couple will meet with a neutral third-party. Together, they will decide what issues need to be discussed and what information should be shared. If both parties have children, they will also need to gather relevant financial data and the opinions of experts. The mediator will be able to provide them with expert information to help them reach an agreement. If a child is involved, they should bring relevant financial documentation to the session.