Deciding to end your marriage can be a stressful and upsetting choice. The cost of a typical divorce and court proceedings can add additional tension and worry to the situation.
Mediation is an alternative option to a standard divorce. It will keep you out of the courtroom and focus on settling matters amicably.
Gives you more control
Mediation can be useful in settling all kinds of matters related to divorce including division of property and child custody questions. With mediation, a trained third-party mediator will work with you and your spouse to reach a mutually agreed resolution to all problems. Alternatively, in court a judge who does not know you or your spouse will make decisions for you.
Preserves family relationships
During mediation, one goal is to settle all matters with as little animosity as possible. The process is less stressful than divorce, leading to fewer arguments. This is especially advantageous to spouses who are separating who share children. Both of you work together with the mediator to find a living arrangement and visitation schedule that all find agreeable. Children will benefit from an amicable relationship between their parents.
Protects your privacy
Court cases are public. Anyone can attend and witness private details about your case. Mediation is private. Mediation sessions are between you and your mediator without an audience. Most conversations that take place remain privileged and confidential except in extreme circumstances.
The average cost for a divorce runs between $12,000 and $15,000 when you factor in court costs, fees for attorneys, tax advisors and other professional services. Those numbers fluctuate greatly depending on your situation. Mediation is a significantly more affordable alternative.
Mediation is less formal than a divorce in a courtroom. It is more personal and focused on you and your circumstances. Mediators facilitate conversation to hear all concerns and employ conflict resolution methods to resolve disagreements.