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Benefits of choosing mediation over litigation in divorce

On Behalf of | Oct 16, 2023 | Family Law

Unresolved conflicts during the marriage, as well as built-up resentment, can make divorces messy. It quickly turns into a brutal fight over who gets what. However, there are also divorcing spouses who want to part ways more civilly. For those who value fairness and efficiency, divorce mediation offers a more peaceful alternative to litigation.

Divorce mediation, as opposed to litigation, is a collaborative process that allows both parties to discuss their arguments and work towards a mutually agreeable conclusion. The mediator, a neutral third party, helps facilitate the discussion but does not make any decisions. The outcome is up to the couple.

Here are some of the advantages that divorce mediation offers:

Provides parties with better control over the process

Rather than relying on a court to dictate the outcome of their divorce, both parties actively engage in making decisions that will influence their life after they legally separate ways. Moreover, the process allows the couple to make flexible solutions that may not be possible in litigation.

Cost-effective and timesaving

Divorce litigation, which involves waiting periods, setting court dates and other time-consuming processes, can mean that it may take years before divorce is finalized. The longer it lasts, the more money the divorce costs.

Mediation, on the other hand, occurs outside of court schedules and can be set at the convenience of both parties. Due to its less formal nature and emphasis on collaboration, mediation can be as quick as a few hours to a couple of months.

Promotes peace within the family

With both parties willing to end the marriage peacefully, mediation can help minimize conflict. If the couple has children, mediation can help shield them from being caught in the turmoil of child custody battles.

Choose calm over chaos

Divorcing couples who want to maintain a certain respect for each other and part ways efficiently and peacefully can attain it through mediation. Additionally, by working on the agreement together, both parties can part ways on good terms, ensuring a more positive start to their new lives.