When you and your spouse are divorcing but have disputes to resolve, you have a few options for doing so. You could arbitrate or litigate, but one other option to consider first is mediation.
Mediation is less formal than those other two options, and it allows you to talk through problems and disagreements to try to come up with a reasonable solution that both parties are happy with. Mediation is a unique process that walks you through relevant law and policies while helping you resolve divorce-related issues outside of court.
Mediation benefits both parties
The nice thing about mediation is that it does benefit both parties. In a mediation setting, the mediator is there to help both of you, not just one or the other. Instead of being on a “side,” the mediator stays neutral and doesn’t represent either of you.
Mediators walk you through relevant law and procedures
Mediators are helpful because they can give you real insight into the laws that could affect you, the procedures in a court room and the policies you should know about. If you’re uncertain of state laws and how they influence your case, having a mediator help you understand during a discussion about dividing your property, for example, may assist you in making a decision that benefits you.
Mediation costs less than litigation
Divorce mediation does cost less than litigation under normal circumstances. Usually, you can save around 20% on the cost of a litigated or collaborative case by using mediation instead. This is because mediators help you resolve issues during meetings where you’re focused on finding solutions. Instead of dragging out the divorce, you can find answers and solutions that work for your circumstances, so you avoid litigating and spending extra time in court.
Mediation sessions could be the right choice for divorcing couples looking to work together
Mediation could be the right solution for you. If you and your spouse are committed to resolving your dispute outside of court and want assistance from a neutral third party, then this could be an option that would help you both move forward with your case.