If you’re preparing to get divorced, you may not know you have options for going through the process. Not all divorces are the same, and you have choices that could save you time, money and stress.
Especially if you and your partner are splitting amicably, mediation may be your best, most cost-effective, option.
Agree to a solution
In mediation, instead of each spouse being represented by an attorney, a single mediator facilitates the divorce. The goal of mediation is to find solutions that work for both sides, and because everyone is working towards an agreement, the process is often less complicated and contentious.
Litigation is time consuming and expensive. Lawyers fees rack up quickly and you could find yourself spending tens of thousands of dollars on a long, drawn out process that leads to animosity.
Mediation is often half the cost of litigation. It allows you to work through the most complicated issues and find solutions while spending significantly less money.
Focus on the big picture
Especially if you have children, you’re likely thinking about the big picture, rather than how to battle over every little detail of your marriage. Mediation allows you to focus on the divorce process and prioritize the things that are most important to you. Parenting and property division are often the two most important issues in divorce, and mediation can be the best way to come to a mutual agreement for both.
Think of the children
Divorce is tough on kids no matter what. However, mediation is often in their best interest because it focuses on solutions and maintaining a family dynamic everyone is comfortable with.
There is no perfect option for divorce. It is always an emotional and stressful process. However, mediation can be a great way to lessen some of the burden.