Divorce mediation is a process in which a neutral third party, known as a mediator, helps separating couples reach agreements on various issues related to their divorce, such as division of assets and custody of children. Here are some of the potential benefits of divorce mediation:
- Reduces Cost: The court process is expensive. Once you start you can only guess how much you will need to spend to get resolution. Mediation is an alternative to the high cost of legal retainers and attorney fees. In our process, you share the cost of one mediator, instead of each party paying a lawyer to negotiate your terms or attending court on your behalf.
- Saves Time: Compared to the traditional legal alternative, mediation is a very efficient way of reaching an agreement. In an adversarial situation, it may take months to get the first court date, and perhaps years to settle a dispute. In mediation, couples spend their time negotiating directly with one another. You choose how quickly you want to complete the process.
- You Control of the Outcome: In mediation, couples have more control over the outcome of their divorce, as they are the ones making the decisions that are best for them and their family, rather than having a judge dictate the terms of their divorce.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is a private process, so the discussions and agreements reached during mediation are not made public like they would be in court.
- Saves Relationships: A mediated settlement that addresses all parties’ interests can often preserve a working relationship in way that would not be possible in a “win-lose” court ruling. If you want to maintain an amicable relationship with your spouse, mediation is a better alternative. The mediation process can also help find positive ways of maintaining connections with grandparents and other extended family members.
- Flexibility: Mediation allows couples to be creative and flexible in finding solutions that meet their needs and the needs of their family, rather than being limited by the strict rules and procedures of the court.
- Less Stressful: Experienced mediators can guide you through a structured process to help you come to a fair and equitable agreement. Mediation takes place in an informal and casual atmosphere, not the stressful, public atmosphere of the court. We help separating couples make important decisions that are designed to be in the best interests of you and your family.
Overall, divorce mediation can be a more collaborative, efficient, and cost-effective way for couples to resolve their differences and move on with their lives.