It’s a common myth that every divorce ends up in litigation. With the right approach, you can work through all your differences in mediation, thus avoiding the time, stress and money associated with litigating.
Why consider divorce mediation?
There’s no way of knowing what will happen during your divorce, but that shouldn’t stop you from learning more about mediation and considering the many benefits it can bring you. Here are just a few that should change your line of thinking:
- Time savings: This doesn’t always hold true, but most divorcing couples find that mediation allows them to save time. And when you save time, you’re able to move forward with your life sooner rather than later.
- Reduced stress and tension: The last thing you need in your life right now is more stress and tension, but that’s exactly what happens when you head into a traditional courtroom setting. With divorce mediation, due to the fact that it’s more casual, you won’t feel as much tension.
- More control over the process: While there’s a mediator keeping your discussions on track, they don’t have any power to make final decisions on behalf of either individual. You need to negotiate and compromise in an attempt to find common ground. If you’re successful, you can complete the entire process in mediation. If you’re not, you may need to head to court.
- Cost savings: Generally speaking, it’s more cost-effective to go through mediation than litigation. You have enough on your mind with respect to finances. You might as well look into the many ways you can save money, as this will help you financially in the future.
Many people shy away from divorce mediation for two reasons:
- They’re not getting along with their spouse, so they assume that every conversation will turn into an argument
- They’re concerned about going at it alone, as they’re unfamiliar with the fact that they can still consult with a family law attorney
Even if you’re at extreme odds with your spouse, you can still use divorce mediation to work through your problems in an efficient manner. And while you do so, it always helps to consult with an attorney who can help protect your legal rights.