While mediation may be able to help some individuals who have family law issues, there are several misconceptions regarding the mediation process. One primary source of confusion is that participating in mediation precludes a person in Missouri consulting with a divorce lawyer. However, this is only one issue that causes confusion.
Another misconception is that a person must initiate the divorce process by serving his or her partner. In fact, a couple can reach an amicable agreement and then file divorce paperwork. This can help lead to an uncontested divorce. However, if a couple does contest certain issues, they do not have to resolve everything through mediation. Instead, the couple can work out some primary issues, such as child custody and equitable distribution of the assets. At the same time, they can reserve some issues for later, such as spousal support and a parenting plan.