Couples are generally not prepared for going through a divorce and often their first action is to call a lawyer. There is another option and that is Divorce Mediation. Through mediation, separating couples can separate amicably without using the traditional legal system to litigate and end up in court. Here are eight reasons why you should consider mediation as a better alternative than the traditional legal process.
1. SAVE MONEY
Lawyers are expensive. A lawyer’s retainer fee is about $2500 – $5000 per person and typically a divorce will cost you several thousands of dollars before you are done. Positive Solutions Divorce Services® can provide you with a Separation Agreement without paying unnecessary legal fees. We will save you money.
2. KNOW YOUR COSTS
Lawyers will only give you a vague idea of what your divorce will cost you. You will never get a written quote. At Positive Solutions, you will always know your cost upfront. We provide customized packages that are specific to your needs. Our services include, a Financial Property Statement, a Parenting Plan, Spousal and Child Support Calculations and a completed Separation Agreement.
3. IT WILL SAVE YOU TIME
Lawyers are not motivated to complete an agreement quickly. On the contrary, many lawyers know at take advantage of the fact that the longer they are able extend the process, the more billable hours can accumulate. At Positive Solutions Divorce Services®, your mediator will work with you to create a Separation Agreement within a specific time frame that will work for all parties, so you can move on with your life.
4. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Divorce can be overwhelming. Our certified mediators guide you through the entire process. If during the mediation, you end up needing more support, we have a team of experts to join your support system. We work with counselors, child experts, real estate agents, financial divorce specialists and others to help support you.
5. IT CAN BE LESS STRESSFUL
Mediation is a cooperative alternative to the traditional legal process. When two people are willing to work together, share the needed information openly, and come to a solution, it is less stressful for everyone involved.
6. IT IS BETTER FOR YOU EMOTIONALLY
With the guidance of a mediator, your discussions will stay respectful and productive. Both parties can voice their concerns and make informed choices and decisions.
7. YOU CONTROL THE OUTCOME
In mediation, you decide the type of agreement that you want. At Positive Solutions Divorce Services®, we work closely with you to assist in creating a customized Agreement specific to your family circumstances.
8. IT IS A PRIVATE PROCESS
Mediation is a private and confidential process. Clients agree that their negotiations will be confidential, and neither of them, nor the mediator, will talk to third parties about what was discussed in mediation.
For further reading, here is another good article from Divorce Magazine describing the benefits of divorce mediation.
“Ten Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting My Divorce”
Bev Lewis, Founder of Positive Solutions