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The truth of divorce mediation – advantages, disadvantages, how it works, and who it can help the most, part 1

Divorce mediation is more popular now than ever before. For many people, mediation has decisive benefits over a traditional, litigated divorce. However, if you start doing online research on divorce mediation, you’ll find pretty quickly that a lot of information out there about it is either conflicting, incorrect, or too biased to be useful. In this series, we’ll attempt to cut through the misinformation surrounding divorce mediation. We’ll discuss what the real benefits and drawbacks of mediation are, how it works, who would be best served by giving mediation a try, and more.

What is the truth of divorce mediation?

One reason there are so many conflicting opinions on divorce mediation (and in some cases, conflicting “facts”) is that there isn’t really any cohesive body collecting and analyzing information about it. Many organizations that do offer data have such an agenda that it’s best to take what they say with a grain of salt. However, there have been several strong attempts at quantitative analysis of mediation outcomes in divorce cases, but the results of these analyses have been largely inconsistent. (1) One likely reason for this inconsistency is that there are many, many variables in play in a divorce dispute, and no two divorces are alike.

If you sift through the data enough, one truth becomes clear: in cases where mediation is a good fit, it’s cheaper, faster, less stressful, and produces better outcomes for all parties involved – both spouses and any children – than traditional, litigated divorce.

What are the advantages of divorce mediation?

The folks at Alternative Divorce Solutions of Orange County, California, are a great source for well researched mediation facts, although some of their figures do seem a bit bullish on mediation compared with other available data.

Check back soon for part 2! In the meantime, check out our page on divorce mediation.

Sources cited:

1 – https://www.mediate.com/ccr/docs/Divorce%20Mediation%20Outcome%20Research%20A%20Meta-Analysis%20by%20L.A.%20Shaw.pdf