The Advantages of Divorce Mediation
September 30, 2020
Divorce is a legal process. It requires court filings and, if the parties can’t come to their own solutions, it requires a judge’s decision on contested issues.
Fortunately, it is common for divorcing couples to avoid a court determination and to instead to come to their own divorce settlement.
What if you don’t know where to start in working toward a divorce settlement? Divorce mediation may be the perfect tool.
In divorce mediation, you and your spouse hire a neutral expert to help you find middle ground. The mediator is often an experienced divorce attorney or former judge who now focuses on mediation work.
Here a just a few of the advantages of divorce mediation in contrast to divorce litigation in court.
1- Speed. Mediated divorces often finalize much more quickly than divorces decided in court. Mediation also puts you–instead of the court–more in control of scheduling and timing.
2- Lower cost. Experts estimate that divorces resolved through mediation can result in 50% or more in legal cost savings compared to going to court.
3- Friendlier. Mediators are experts in keeping negotiations calm and productive. Divorce mediation is often much less stressful than court. This is particularly important when children are involved.
4- More options. A divorce mediator may have ideas to solve problems that neither spouse had considered. Take advantage of this expertise.
5- Private. Mediation is a private and confidential process where no public record is kept of what happens in the session.
6- Control. Unlike in court, in mediation the couple remain in control of the process and the ultimate outcomes. The couple decide for themselves which settlement terms best meet the needs of their family.
What are the downsides? Divorce mediation is not appropriate where one partner doesn’t agree to participate or in domestic violence situations. In most other situations, divorce mediation is a valuable option for divorcing couples.
How can you get started with divorce mediation? If you have a lawyer, ask your lawyer about mediation. If you don’t have a lawyer, speak to your partner about mediation.
How can you find an experienced divorce mediator? You can request an excellent and vetted local divorce mediator using Mediator Connect.
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