Divorce mediation is a facilitated negotiation process that lets you take control of your divorce early on. The trained, neutral, Shariah-informed mediator helps the couple come to an agreement surrounding four main issues - division of assets, spousal support, child custody, and child support. The mediation process helps you navigate the painful process in an amicable manner.
How does divorce mediation work?
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse meet with a trained, neutral, Shari'ah-informed mediator to facilitate the terms of your divorce. The mediator will help you reach an agreement on the issues you and your spouse need to resolve in order to finalize your divorce, such as child custody, child support, division of assets and spousal support. In addition to being trained in divorce mediation, our mediators are also trained in the Shari'ah and will be able to provide guidance that is in accordance with the Shari'ah.
The divorce mediator does not make decisions for you, nor offer legal advice. Rather, they serve as facilitators to help spouses figure out what's best for their situation. The divorce mediator will help the couple draft the terms of their divorce agreement in an amicable and timely manner.
Why choose to mediate your divorce?
Mediating your divorce is a recommended course of action for the following reasons:
Cost: Mediation is significantly less expensive compared to hiring a lawyer and going to trial.
Settling the case: Most mediations end in a settlement of all of the issues in the divorce.
Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential, with no public record of what goes on in your sessions.
Freedom: Mediation allows you to arrive at a resolution based on your own ideas of what is fair in your situation, rather than having a solution imposed upon you based on rigid and impersonal legal principles.
Advice still available: You can go to mediation and still choose to have a lawyer give you legal advice.
Control: You and your spouse—not the court—control the process.
Communication: The mediation process encourages communication between you and your spouse, helping you avoid future conflicts.
Successful mediation makes the rest of your divorce easier. Working out the details in mediation allows you to file an uncontested divorce without the medium of lawyers. If you have children together, working together in a collaborative manner during the mediation process helps lay a peaceful foundation for a lifetime of co-parenting to come. Once the mediation process is complete, our therapists can provide further guidance in therapy for divorcing/divorced couples to co-parent in a manner that is in the best interest of the child(ren).