In most cases, divorce is emotionally painful and physically exhausting. You likely do not know what to anticipate, what is worth fighting for or how long your divorce process will last.
But rather than dragging things out in court, choosing alternative dispute resolution may enable you to reduce the impact divorce has on you and your family. As you work on determining your child custody, parenting time and property division arrangements, you might appreciate the many benefits of mediation.
How mediation could help you and your spouse work together through your divorce process
Divorce requires you to face decisions you may not want to make. And regardless of whether ending your marriage was your choice, walking away from the life you built with your spouse can be difficult.
But rather than allowing a court to make decisions that will affect your family in the years to come, mediation can help you and your soon-to-be ex determine how to proceed, in a way the two of you decide is best for your unique situation.
The benefits of mediation include:
- Confidentiality. Rather than publicly expressing your grievances in court, your discussions remain private.
- Flexibility. You and your spouse can develop terms that work for you.
- Affordability. The simplified mediation process is typically much less expensive than a court battle.
Due to the cooperative nature of mediation, working together to develop the terms of your settlement can be much less stressful for you and your family than an extended court process. And as you and your spouse work together to end your marriage, you might be able to position yourselves to get along once your divorce is final.