Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do my spouse and I have to go to court to get a divorce?
A. The bottom line is YES. Only the Court can issue the Final Judgment of Divorce and give approval of any family and property settlement agreements reached by the parties; however this is not going to court and having the court make the decisions, it is only for the purpose of having the court approve all those decisions you made about your divorce.
Q. What if we can’t agree on all the issues; will my spouse and I have to go to court?
A. Yes, you will have to go to trial before a judge unless you are able to reach agreement. However, the majority of our mediations are able to reach an agreement and settle without the need to go to trial. The parties make the decisions regarding their property, children, visitation rather than the Court.
Divorce Doctors® helps divorcing parties resolve their issues and conflicts over children, custody, visitation, support, property and assets. Divorce Doctors® assists in preparation of the agreements to be presented to the Court for Final Judgment, thereby eliminating the need for any costly litigation and trial before the court.
Q. What if my spouse refuses to attend mediation?
A. If you ask your spouse to come to mediation, very often the answer will automatically be “no.” It is likely that your spouse might be worried that you have identified the mediator, and they might feel that it will be impossible for the mediator to be neutral. Divorce Doctors® has mediators available to speak with your spouse to explain the process and benefits of mediation. All our family mediators pride themselves in their strict neutrality and professionalism.
At Divorce Doctors® we believe mediation of your family disputes including divorce is for those persons who believe they can decide for themselves better than a judge can. All mediations are handled by professionally trained family mediators, who listen and are non-judgmental, impartial, patient, resourceful and work with both parties to reach an amicable solution both parties can agree to.
If you and your spouse are ready to schedule your mediation, call Divorce Doctors® at 877-44-AGREE.
Q. Do my spouse and I have to be in agreement to come to mediation?
A. Not necessarily. The only thing you have to agree on is to attend the mediation. At the mediation all other issues then are open to discussion, and if agreement can be reached it is up to the parties.
Q. Do I have to retain an attorney?
A. No. An attorney is not necessary to participate in mediation. Retaining an attorney is an individual decision to be made. Divorce Doctors® encourages the parties to consult individually with an attorney of their choice before, during or after the mediation to answer any legal questions the parties may have. A Mediator does not give legal advice.