MediationMediation is a private and confidential, problem-solving divorce process that focuses on the needs of individuals in the context of the family instead of the competitive and positional legal process.  In mediation, the parties hire a neutral third-party to assist them in reaching agreements concerning their divorce. The mediator provides information about the divorce process and guide a discussion to help resolve issues. The mediator can be, but does not have to be a lawyer and does not represent either party. Whether the mediator is a lawyer or not, however, the mediator cannot provide legal advice. Mediation may occur with parties who have hired attorneys or parties who are not represented. The parties communicate with one another directly in the presence of the mediator who facilitates resolution.


The goal of mediation is to allow parties to reach agreements that meet the needs of both parties and their children without the financial and emotional cost of a court fight. A mediator will assist them in gathering information and brainstorming settlement options to create their agreement.  If the parties proceed in mediation without attorneys, they are responsible for preparing all the required forms for the court and must also appear at court for their final hearing to have their agreement approved and the divorce judgment granted.
Attorneys at Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C. have experience acting as lawyer-mediators to facilitate divorce in Wisconsin. To contact one of our Milwaukee divorce attorneys, click here.


“I wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank you for helping me through the most difficult thing I’ve had to deal with in my life. Your knowledge, experience, professionalism and kindness allowed Brian and I to remain friends through a very delicate process.”
– Former spouse of client in a Mediation Process