Mediation can help couples negotiate a gentler, more equitable end to their marriage — which is one of the many advantages it has over traditional litigation. But what happens when mediation is over?

Here are some of the next steps couples should take after mediation is done:

1. Review the drafted agreement with an attorney.

Even when the mediator who helps a couple navigate their split is an attorney, they are required to be neutral and cannot give either side advice the way that an attorney might. Following mediation, it’s wise for both parties to each discuss the drafted agreement and their situation with their own legal counsel. This can prevent an inequitable agreement from moving forward or keep someone from making a regrettable mistake.

2. Review any financial agreements with a professional.

Financial planners, accountants and tax professionals alike are often tasked with reviewing the financial agreements made in mediation. An agreement that, on its surface, seems fair to both sides can hide unpleasant surprises once tax consequences and other long-term issues are considered. It may be necessary to head back into mediation if the financial agreement has flaws.

3. Prepare the final forms and file with the court.

Once everything is reviewed and any issues that arise are settled, the mediator can prepare the final forms and submit them to the court. Generally speaking, the couple never has to appear in court — which is something that most couples appreciate a great deal because it helps preserve their privacy.

A mediated divorce can help you and your spouse end your marriage privately and without a tremendous amount of conflict. Find out more about your options today.