Getting a divorce is never easy, but whenever possible, it is best to do everything possible to get through it with as few fights as you can. For many people, keeping the divorce process out of the courts is an ideal solution. This is made possible by using the mediation process rather than litigating in front of a judge. While mediation won't work in every case, it is always best to give it a try if you want to maintain a civil relationship during and after the divorce.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a process where the divorcing parties avoid litigation by working together toward a mutually acceptable agreement. This is done with the help of a neutral third party who will help guide the negotiations along. Mediators have the training and experience needed to help deescalate conflicts and encourage both parties to make compromises where necessary in order to come up with an agreement that they can live with.
Benefits of Mediation
Compared with litigating a case, there are many important benefits to taking advantage of mediation. The following are some key advantages to be aware of:
- Cost – Mediation is typically going to cost far less than litigation. In some cases, this process can save the divorcing parties thousands of dollars.
- Control – Rather than giving up control to the judge, mediation keeps the control in the hands of the two parties divorcing.
- Privacy – Court cases are a matter of public record, so whatever is said can be read by anyone who wants to see it. With mediation, however, the entire process is kept confidential.
- Time – When going through the courts you have to abide by the schedule of the judge. With mediation, you are treated like a customer and can get things done much more efficiently.
- Reduction of Conflict – The goal of mediation is to come up with the best possible solution for everyone involved rather than for each party to try to ‘win,' which is what happens in litigation.
Mediation is a great option for any couple that can work civilly with each other to try to come up with the best solution to their situation. One of the best things about mediation, however, is that if the negotiations should fall through, switching to the litigation process is still an option.
Experienced Mediation for You
If you would like to try mediation for your divorce, or even if you just have a few questions about the process, please contact us. We will be happy to get you the answers you need, and set up a consultation where you can come in and get the mediation process started.