Do we need to file before divorce mediation?

The short answer is no.  In fact, it’s a good idea for divorcing couples to attend divorce mediation prior to filing for divorce.  Parties seeking an amicable divorce, for example, can attend mediation prior to filing, reach an agreement on child custody, parenting plans, property division, alimony, etc., , and save time, money and aggravation by presenting the Court with an agreement the Court can adopt and make part of the divorce decree.