Divorce Mediation Springfield MO Basics
Divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more. If you have minor children, Missouri requires a very specific parenting plan that includes each of the following:
- Detailed parenting schedule;
- Transportation and exchange arrangements;
- A plan for communication on critical issues like health care and education;
- provisions for health care insurance and medical care;
- provisions for other essential costs like education and child care. Mo. Stat. § 452.310 (2022).
A Springfield divorce mediator can assist in the preparation of the parenting plan, along with a complete settlement agreement, also called a “separation agreement” in MO.
In Springfield, couples can then file the settlement with the court as an uncontested divorce, simplifying the procedures and costs associated with filing for divorce. Missouri Courts also provide a Litigant Awareness Program to assist you with the process of filing for divorce.
An uncontested divorce or “dissolution of marriage” in Missouri is fairly straightforward. When you are ready to file, you can visit the Missouri Courts Dissolution of Marriage webpage for forms and information.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes and then file an uncontested divorce in Missouri.
For more information on divorce mediation Springfield MO, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in Missouri
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.