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Difference Between Court-Ordered Divorce Mediation & Private Divorce Mediation

Is there a difference between court-ordered divorce mediation and private divorce mediation?

Amy Zylman Shimalla’s Answer:

Court-ordered mediation very often takes place on the eve of trial with attorneys, and sometimes experts, present. Private mediation can take place at any time. Very often, it is without attorneys present. It is up to the parties as to whether they want to have their attorneys present in private mediation. The process is different because, in court-ordered mediation, very often the parties have already exchanged discovery and narrowed the issues while in private mediation, information has to be exchanged and ideas explored on a different level – taking it from square one.

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