If you are considering a divorce, you may feel overwhelmed by the prospect of a potentially lengthy, expensive and emotionally draining trial process. In addition to concerns about separating property and finances, you may worry that a court order will prevent you from maintaining a close relationship with your children.
Even if you do not agree with your spouse about everything, mediation may offer a healthier, cost-effective way to sort out your differences while maintaining control over important financial and family decisions.
1. A stronger financial future
From court costs to attorney fees, the expenses associated with a litigated divorce can be steep. Mediation may offer an economical alternative. Another financial benefit of mediation is the fact that you and your spouse can make your own choices about how to divide property and other assets.
2. Support for difficult custody issues
When a divorce goes to court, a judge has the final say about issues of custody and visitation. A mediated divorce leaves these decisions up to you and your spouse.
Additionally, certified mediators often have extensive experience with conflict resolution as well as child custody issues. These goal-oriented professionals should be able to help you create a fair and effective co-parenting plan that meets both your needs and the needs of your children.
3. A less stressful process
The adversarial approach, strict legal deadlines and unpredictable outcomes of litigated divorce can be enormously stressful. Mediation allows you and your spouse to set your own timeline while focusing on healthy communication and solving problems, rather than dwelling on them.