This post is the second in a multi part series on divorce mediation, it’s advantages and disadvantages, how it works, and who it’s best suited for. If you haven’t read part 1 yet, I recommend you do before continuing.
What are the advantages of divorce mediation? (continued)
Let’s take a look at some of the information they’ve collected on the advantages of divorce mediation, and some other information about its benefits:
Divorce mediation is faster than litigation – the average litigated divorce lasts around two years from start to finish, while a mediated divorce can typically be resolved in 3 to 6 months.
- Mediation is cheaper than litigation – since it involves less attorneys fees, court costs, document prep fees, and other costs, mediation tends to have a smaller price tag. The average American litigated divorce costs around $10,000, while those who settle their disputes through mediation typically spend $2,000 – $5,000.
- Mediation is more private than litigation – in a litigated divorce, much the couple’s financial information and many other personal details become part of the public record. In mediation, the parties retain control over this information, which allows participants to feel much less exposed – especially those who place a high value on their privacy.
- Mediated agreements hold up better than litigated ones – people are much more likely to obey the rules of an agreement that they had a part in crafting than they are one forced on them by the courts. This is particularly true when it comes to child support agreements – when they’re reached through mediation, they’re twice as likely to be followed by the parties.
- Mediated divorces typically have less conflict than litigated divorces – since mediation fosters a collaborative environment for dispute resolution rather than an adversarial one, it tends to make the process less stressful and alleviate conflict. However, this advantage is largely dependent on the skill and experience of the mediator, which is a great reason to search out and find a good one before beginning the process.
Check back soon for The truth of divorce mediation – advantages, disadvantages, how it works, and who it can help the most, part 3. In the meantime, check out our page on divorce mediation.