As you prepare for divorce, it’s easy to believe that mediation is out of the question. You assume that communicating, negotiating and compromising on key issues will end poorly.
While you have a valid concern, it’s important to remember that there are a variety of benefits associated with divorce mediation. Here’s why you should consider it:
- Less expensive than litigation: Your finances are always on your mind during a divorce, so you want to learn as much as you can about mediation and how it can save you money.
- Faster than litigation: This doesn’t always hold true, but the mediation process typically moves faster than litigation. And for anyone going through a divorce, speed is of the essence. You don’t want the process to drag on for any longer than it has to.
- You can still consult with an attorney: It’s a myth that attorneys aren’t involved in divorce mediation. While a mediator runs the show, you can still consult with your legal team to ensure that you’re making sound decisions and protecting your legal rights.
- Less tension and stress: With a more informal approach to divorce, you’re putting less stress on yourself and less tension on your relationship. This can help you more easily make your way through the process, while also helping should you need to co-parent your children in the future.
- More control: With litigation, the family law judge presiding over your case has full authority to do what they want. And for that reason, you lose control over the process. But with divorce mediation, it’s you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse who are in charge. The mediator facilitates discussion and answers questions, but they don’t have the legal authority to make final decisions.
These are just a few of the many reasons to consider divorce mediation. It doesn’t mean everything will go as planned or you won’t face challenges along the way, but you’re at least positioning yourself for success.
As you prepare for divorce mediation, think about what you’re trying to accomplish, the path you want to take and the steps that will help you protect your legal rights.