Mediation is a helpful tool for those going through divorce. While you may be familiar with the idea of a litigated divorce, you may not realize that there is another option, and that option is to work together with your spouse and a mediator to resolve disputes and avoid a trial.
Mediation has many benefits for you to consider. The following is more information about why you should opt for mediation if you can.
- You’ll (probably) save money
With mediation, most people are able to save money. This is because mediating allows you to work out solutions outside of court and without burning up hours of your attorney’s time at a high rate. Divorce mediation, according to a 2019 news article, could save you a significant amount of money. It usually costs between $5,000 and $15,000, much less than a litigated trial.
- You can walk away with a better outcome
Another reason to consider mediation is because you can end up leaving your marriage with a better outcome. When you and your spouse can work together to come up with reasonable solutions for problems that have arisen, then you will both be more likely to stick to the settlement you’ve decided on. For example, if you both agree on a custody plan in mediation, it’s much more likely that you’ll continue with that plan without issues than it would be if a judge just assigned a custody order.
- You get third-party support
Another benefit of going through mediation is that you get third-party support from a neutral mediator. They will talk to you about your goals, talk to your spouse about their ideal outcome and work with you both to make sure you can both be happy with the resolution to your case. They are not on anyone’s side, so you can rely on them to give you honest information without a bias.
These are three reasons to consider seeking divorce mediation. It can save you money, give you a better outcome and provide all the support you need as you move forward during this tumultuous time in your life.