Divorce is an intense, emotional time for everyone involved. As you and your ex-spouse work to separate your assets and minimize the damage, your children may be lost in the shuffle. Taking a divorce to court can be a tough experience, and mediation may be easier if you and your ex are on amicable terms.
Picture this scenario. Either you, or your spouse, has begun the divorce process. You two are on fairly good speaking terms and agree that divorce is inevitable and that you want to finalize things in the least expensive and least emotionally damaging way possible. Do you trust him or her enough to believe there are no hidden bank accounts? Are you comfortable negotiating on your own behalf? Do you have an attorney who can advise you on your rights?