No one enters into a marriage thinking it will end in divorce. Unfortunately, that’s the case for thousands of couples each year. And while the divorce process is inherently stressful, it doesn’t need to be a highly contested “battle.” In fact, there is a way to avoid some of the most difficult aspects of a divorce — we’re talking about mediation.
What is Divorce Mediation?
Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It is a cooperative, problem-solving process in which a neutral, third-party professional helps divorcing couples define issues that haven’t yet been agreed upon. After one or several meetings, the mediator will help each party reach an agreement that is in everyone’s best interests.
Why You Should Consider Mediation
One of the main reasons why our clients pursue mediation is because it’s one of the most cost-effective options. By avoiding drawn-out trial divorces, you’re able to significantly reduce the amount of time between filing and actually getting divorced. By shortening the length of your divorce and therefore reducing the resources required, you avoid many costly expenses.
It Gives You Control
Mediation allows you and your partner more control over the outcome of your divorce. If you can calmly sit with a mediator and discuss your wishes (and the reasoning behind them), you have much more control over asset division, custody matters, and other aspects of your divorce. If you go to litigation, on the other hand, the courts will decide what is best — a ruling you must obey or argue against (which continues to prolong the process and drive up your legal fees).
Everything said in the mediation process is confidential, meaning it won’t become a matter of public record. If you take your case to open court, the details of your case could become public information. Especially in cases that involve children, couples tend to prefer the details of their divorce be private.
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