The parties may elect to utilize mediation as a means to resolve the case, and in some cases, the Court may order the parties to participate in mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process where each side is present along with a mediator and each side makes offers and counteroffers in an attempt to reach a resolution. Studies have shown that parties who reach an agreement in their case are typically much happier with the outcome than those who proceed to trial and are subject to the ruling of the Court. The parties are much better suited to address issues of visitation, custody and division of assets than is a judge who has limited time to hear each case and is forced to make a decision based on a small glimse into the lives of the parties. Mediation expenses are generally divided between the parties, with each party paying his or her own attorney. If an agreement is reached, the case can typically be resolved without either party having to appear in Court.
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