While most of what you hear about divorces in the press relates to litigation, people have been using mediation to finalize their marriages for a long time, and it’s more common than you might realize.
Yet, if you do not know much about it, you might feel apprehensive about using it to handle your divorce. Before you bolt to litigation, here are some reasons to give mediation a try:
1. It could save you time and money
Because mediation is usually much quicker than litigation, you won’t need legal help for so long. Thus you can usually save yourself a good bit of money. Reducing things like court appearances will also reduce your need to take time off work or away from your business, again minimizing the loss of income.
2. Even if you cannot reach a total agreement, you can make progress
Let’s say you manage to mediate an agreement on dividing your assets, yet you still cannot agree on custody. You can go to a court to tell them that. They will then only need to look at custody and any other elements you have not agreed on rather than starting from scratch again. They can simply sign off on the property division agreement you reached during mediation.
What’s more, by trying to come up with a custody solution through mediation, you will have already discussed many of the sticking points with the help of a trained neutral mediator, so both have a more realistic idea of what each other wants and what is feasible. That can shorten the remaining process as you can tell the judge where you got to rather than them entering when you might both have unrealistic aims.
Consider legal help to understand how mediation could help you with your divorce.