This post is part of a series on divorce mediation. If you haven’t already, I recommend taking a look at part 1 before continuing.
Benefits of Divorce Mediation
A mediated divorce has several advantages over a traditional, litigated divorce.
- Time and cost – Since a mediated divorce is handled outside the court system, it typically involves far and away less legal fees. Also, since it isn’t subject to the scheduling constraints of the court, it is also typically much faster.
- Control — When two spouses go to court to battle over an issue, what often happens is the court will enforce a compromise between their two positions. This might sound like a good thing, but as the expression goes, compromise means nobody gets what they want. When you maintain control over the process of your divorce, you maintain control over the outcome. This is a benefit not only because you can negotiate a solution that works for both of you, but also because solutions that people agree to tend to be much more effective and stand the test of time better than solutions that are forced on them.
- A helping hand — In some cases, it may be possible to come to an agreement on the terms of an uncontested divorce without the assistance of a mediator. However, issues surrounding divorce can quickly become complex, and the gravity they carry is immense. Most couples have a hard time moving past their differences and disagreements and engaging in productive negotiation without an outside influence to guide them.
- Keeps your options open — One of the best things about divorce mediation is its flexibility. It’s completely voluntary, and you can do it whatever way works for you. Want to consult with an attorney? Go for it, you absolutely should. Want to have your attorney present at the mediation sessions? No problem. Mediation isn’t working, or you feel like you may be getting taken advantage of? Stop the process and try something else. Go to court if you have to.
A mediated divorce is not the answer in every case. Many people may be better served by trying the collaborative process, or by a traditional litigated divorce. However, if divorce mediation is appropriate in your case, it could save you a lot of time, money, and stress. Give us a call today to learn more about divorce methods, to schedule a consultation, or to get started.