After a couple separates, they may think that a divorce process can be uncomplicated. A couple might proceed Pro Se, which means taking care of the divorce themselves without the assistance of attorneys or a mediator.
One might proceed directly to the courthouse, fill them out and turn them in for processing. It is not that easy. In addition to the forms that must be filled out accurately, there are deadlines to meet. There are often financial documents to review and assess. It is helpful to know that, in some cases, mediation can be less expensive than doing it yourself.
Numerous Forms Must be Correctly Filled Out
It is true that all the forms you need can be found at the Superior Court or at its website for your geographical location. The Petition requires a filing fee, and if you cannot afford the filing fee, you can apply for a waiver.
If you do not fill out the forms correctly, they will be returned to you, delaying the process.
Both spouses are required to itemize all assets they own either together or separately. If you or your spouse do not include a community property asset on the list, and you did not know about the asset, you may never be able to get your share. If you discover this after the divorce is finalized, then you can bring the matter to the Court’s attention but that is a whole other process requiring additional time and resources.
Mediation is Efficient and Economical
In a mediation, the mediator makes sure the forms are properly filled out and knows what documents to request during the exchange of financial disclosure requirements. An experienced mediator knows how to guide the Parties to gather all assets together and list them properly in the forms.
Mediators are paid for their time. You can meet with a mediator either with your attorney or without an attorney.
A mediator can draft your legal agreements and correctly file your paperwork with the court, and that alone can bring a peace of mind. Although mediators won’t tell you what to do, they will make suggestions and recommend you get expert advice when it is necessary.
Perhaps most importantly the divorce documents will be filled out correctly which will save you time and ultimately money. Doing it yourself may seem like a good idea but it will probably cost you more in the end than hiring a mediator to help you through the process that would be more difficult if attempted without any help from a professional.
Contact Us for Assistance with Your Divorce
No matter where you are in this unsettling time, at Kim Mediation and Law Center, we can help you find your way to a peaceful divorce. We will evaluate your case, determine what you need from us so you and your spouse can budget for the entire divorce process. Contact us to schedule a consultation.