Divorce can be frustrating and emotionally draining for all parties involved. Many cases which are hotly contested end up undergoing court litigation, which can be both lengthy and expensive.
Fortunately, there is another way to resolve the differences you have with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse. If both parties are able to determine a divorce agreement on amicable and respectful terms, mediation can be a viable option. It involves a third-party mediator to help both spouses decide the outcome of the divorce. The mediator is often a family law attorney, therapist, or family counselor.
Benefits of divorce mediation include the following:
- Faster process compared to court litigation. Waiting for a verdict in court can take months or even years. On the other hand, you can work out the terms of your divorce through mediation in just a few sessions that fit your schedule, without the need to schedule and wait for court dates.
- Less costly. Whether it is court fees or attorney fees, there are many costs associated with court litigation. If a divorce goes to court, the cost may be three times as high compared to mediation.
- Keeps details confidential. Any documents, notes, or disclosures that occur during the mediation process remains private, while court litigation makes the divorce agreement public record.
- The method is a collaborative process. The goal of the mediator is the help parties find common solutions which can benefit both of them, which is considered a “win-win” resolution. When a couple goes through the courts, it often results in a “win-lose” situation.
- Enables couples to work together. Since many of our divorce clients have children, they need to learn how to cooperate after divorce in order to raise their kids. During the mediation process, both parties learn how to communicate better with one another.