Like most events in life, a divorce is not a one-size-fits-all process; even the process to get to a final divorce decree is different. For some couples, the path is through litigation. This is especially true for couples who cannot agree on important matters like child custody and finances. If you and your partner can agree (or you think you can), mediation might be the right process for your divorce—and for very good reasons.
Mediation is cheaper.
During mediation, a neutral third-party (called a mediator) meets with a couple to come to a mutual resolution of all important matters. For the process to be successful, both parties need to agree on those issues. The advantage of the process is that it can be significantly cheaper than going through litigation.
Mediation is more convenient.
When you go through the court system, you have to be available on certain dates for court and other matters. When you go through mediation, the mediator is often able to meet at a time that works for everyone—making the process easier on your schedule.
Mediation is confidential.
Unlike court proceedings, mediation is completely confidential. All your discussions are kept secret, both now and in the future. This is especially important for couples with kids, family members, or friends that don’t need to know the details of your marriage or divorce proceedings.
Mediation can shorten the process.
It may take quite a few sessions to finalize your divorce. However, because you can set up the meetings at your convenience the whole process may be shorter when you’re not waiting for your next court date.
Mediation is more in your control.
In addition to not waiting for court dates set by another party, litigation can put the final decisions of any issues in another party’s hands. If you are in mediation, you are your spouse agree together on the final outcome. For this reason, mediation is not for every couple, but there are clear advantages if the process is right for you. If you think it is, contact a local law firm that can facilitate your mediation.