The prospect of going to court to settle your divorce can be worrying. Many couples are choosing to forego this option altogether. Instead, they are choosing to resolve matters through mediation.
Divorce mediation has many benefits
Here are some of the reasons that you might want to consider using mediation to end your marriage:
- It puts you in control: In litigation, you put your future into the hands of a judge who does not know you or your situation. In a mediation meeting, you do not sign the agreement unless you are happy with the outcome.
- It reduces costs: When you take a divorce to court, the costs can soon mount. Mediation minimizes the costs because it takes a shorter amount of time.
- It ends your marriage more quickly: Many divorcing couples become stuck in a sort of no man’s land. They are no longer together, but they are not yet free of each other. When there are disagreements over the divorce arrangements, the process can drag on for a long time. Mediation allows you to seal the deal within a couple of months.
- It is more friendly: Not wanting to be married to someone does not mean you want to fight with them about everything. Mediation makes for a less conflictive divorce. Instead of going head to head and trying to win small battles over each other, you sit around a table and negotiate a deal that suits everyone. As well as easing the pressure on you, it can also reduce it for friends and family who may feel caught in the middle. If you have children, they will benefit from seeing their parents settle their differences in a calm way.
If you had not thought of using mediation for your divorce before, seek more information. As many couples have found out, it may be one of the best decisions you make.