Many people move toward the divorce process with one thing in mind: litigation. As a result of their circumstances, they don’t see any way in which mediation is possible.
Even if you and your spouse are not speaking and at serious odds in regards to your relationship and divorce, mediation is often the best way to work through all of your issues.
The primary benefit of divorce mediation is the ability for you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse to maintain control over the process. With litigation, a family law judge plays a big part in the process, thus taking some of the control away from you.
Here are four other advantages associated with divorce mediation:
- Less stressful: There’s something about a traditional courtroom setting that can quickly add stress to the divorce process. Add in a judge, and you can expect tension to be at an all-time high. With mediation, there’s less stress to contend with. As a result, it’s easier to maintain your cool and make sound decisions in the right frame of mind.
- Room to negotiate: With mediation, you and your spouse will negotiate on all the issues you layout upfront. This typically includes property and debt division, child custody, child support and spousal support. As long as you’re willing to negotiate and compromise, you’ll find yourself making progress.
- The help of a mediator: You’re not alone when mediating a divorce. A trained mediator will organize and manage the entire process, with hopes of keeping things in order and allowing you to cross one item after the next off your list.
- Save time: With litigation, you can expect the divorce process to drag on for an extended period of time. It may be several months before you can even get a court date. With mediation, you’re in a position to settle your divorce in a more time-efficient manner.
With so many benefits of mediation, you may find that it’s the perfect way to negotiate the terms and conditions of your divorce in a less stressful environment. When you understand the process and your legal rights, you can protect yourself on your way to establishing the basis for a better future.