Many couples facing divorce believe that the next step is litigation, and they dread having to deal with a lengthy and expensive court process.
However, litigation is not the only path to divorce. Mediation is a popular option for several reasons including control over the outcome.
Learning about mediation benefits
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. You and your spouse will sit down with the mediator, a neutral third party, to work out a divorce settlement that is satisfactory to you both. The role of the mediator is to keep the negotiations on track, to assist with access to legal information and to offer recommendations to resolve any sticking points that arise. As compared with litigation, mediation is a faster, less stressful process and, as a rule, much less expensive.
Mediation is a private process that takes place outside of court. No judge will be present, and you will not have to abide by the decisions a judge makes. You know your circumstances better than anyone. So, if you and your soon-to-be-ex-spouse can work together as a team, you can control the outcome of your own divorce, and, therefore, your future.
In mediation, the focus is on open communication. The ability to share thoughts about your needs and expectations allows greater control over your divorce than you would have in a courtroom. As an added benefit, the communication skills you develop will serve you well as you built a new family structure in the post-divorce world.