When you’re getting a divorce, one of the things you may want to consider is opting for mediation. Mediation is great for a few reasons. First, it lets you work through your divorce conflicts in a safe environment with a third-party mediator to help you and your spouse understand how your decisions could affect you. The second reason is that it’s more casual than going to court, which may make it feel less contentious. Finally, it can help you save significant money on your case.
Mediation is less expensive than litigation. There are a few reasons for that, such as saving time on your case, minimizing the time you spend working with an attorney and not having to go to court.
How much does mediation cost?
Mediation usually is more cost-effective than other dispute resolution options due to the way it is structured. In most cases, it costs around 20% of what you’d spend if you went to court over your case (whether that’s collaborative or litigated).
Of course, there are some factors that may change how much mediation ends up costing you. Most couples need around 12 hours, in total, to resolve their case. That usually works out to six, two-hour sessions where mediators help with divorce topics such as child custody arrangements or asset division.
Do mediators have any say in the final outcome of your case?
Mediation negotiations are done between you and your spouse. The mediator is there to guide you but will not make any decisions on the case. As such, you and your spouse actually have full control over the outcome of the case and can speak freely to each other with the guidance you need to make good decisions. This allows you to come up with agreements that are financially viable for you.
If you go to court, there is no guarantee that the outcome will be to your liking or that you’ll get what you wanted out of your case. That’s why it’s smart to consider mediation and deciding on a settlement before you go to court to have the paperwork finalized.