Once a divorce case is filed, the Court will, in most cases, order the parties to attend a mediation conference, prior to scheduling a trial, or as a condition of a trial order. So why not mediate before you file the case? Pre-suit mediation can work, and it is quite beneficial, in the right setting. For effective pre-suit mediation, the parties must have an adequate knowledge of each other’s financial position. In other words, both of you must know the other party’s assets and debts, what the other party earns, and any other sources of income available to the other party. If there are children involved, the issues involving the children cannot be so contentious, that court involvement is necessary. In other words, pre-suit mediation will hinge on whether the parties are already effectively able to co-parent. In conclusion, pre-suit mediation is not for everyone, but if it is right for you, and your situation, it can save you a lot of time, and a lot of money. Call Scott A. Levine to discuss whether pre-suit mediation will work for you.