If you’re thinking about getting a divorce, it’s natural for you to consider litigation. However, litigation is often costly, time-consuming and emotionally draining. It is also often unhealthy for any children who’re involved. You may be able to avoid some of these drawbacks by considering mediation instead.
What is mediation?
Mediation is a process in which a mediator helps you and your spouse communicate and negotiate the terms of your divorce. The mediator is a neutral third party who does not take sides or make decisions for you.
How does mediation work?
During mediation, you and your spouse get to meet with the mediator to discuss the issues in your case. The mediator will help you identify areas of agreement and disagreement, and has to facilitate discussions to try to reach a resolution.
If you are able to reach an agreement, the mediator may prepare a written settlement agreement for you to sign. Once you have signed the agreement, it goes to the family law court for approval. If you are not able to reach an agreement, you may still be able to proceed with an uncontested divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the court may review your settlement agreement and decide whether to approve it.
What are the benefits of mediation?
There are many benefits to mediation, including:
- It is usually cheaper and faster than litigation.
- It is often less stressful than litigation.
- You and your spouse have more control over the outcome of your case in mediation.
- You can tailor the terms of your agreement to meet your family’s needs.
Going through a divorce can be difficult, no matter what the circumstances are. However, mediation may be a good option for you to consider. As you’ve seen, there are many benefits to mediation, and it may help you save time, money, and stress. If you think mediation may be right for you, make sure you understand the process involved.