If you finally decide to push forward with the divorce process, you'll want to learn more about mediation and whether or not it's the right choice for you and your soon to be ex-spouse.
While some couples assume that litigation is the only answer, it's never a bad idea to first learn more about mediation. With so many benefits, it's possible you could find that this is the best way to put your divorce in the past.
Let's examine some of the top benefits of divorce mediation:
- More control over the process. Since you and your former partner are working through issues on your own, with the help of a mediator, you have more power from start to finish. In other words, you aren't putting everything into the hands of a judge.
- More time efficient. It's only natural to want to put your divorce in the past as quickly as possible. Mediation allows you to do just that. It's typically quicker than litigation.
- Opportunity to save money. Since you're saving time with mediation, you're also in position to save money. This is something that most people set out to do at the beginning of their divorce.
- Less hostility and bad feelings between the two individuals. This may not be important to everyone, but it's priority number one for some. An example of this is if you have children with the other parent and will need to co-parent in the future. Suppressing bad feelings will make this easier.
If you're on board with the idea that divorce mediation could be the best approach – and the other person agrees – you'll want to give this a try.
With a mediator pushing the process forward, you can feel good about your ability to work through all your misunderstandings.
Final note: Although mediation is different than litigation, you can still work with a family law attorney to ensure that you're making decisions that benefit you and your future. This gives you the peace of mind you need when making important decisions regarding child support, child custody, property division and other details.