Divorce is often a long, stressful process, particularly in cases where both parties are estranged and disagree on matters such as child custody, spousal support, property division, etc.
Engaging in mediation can allow parties to resolve their differences more collaboratively, which often reduces the emotional turmoil of the divorce. Understanding whether mediation is the right option for you can help you pursue your best interests more effectively during your divorce.
What Are the Benefits of Mediation?
First, it's essential to understand your options. Mediation often involves a single professional, usually a lawyer, who helps both parties collaborate and reach an agreement on how to proceed with their divorce. However, you can also include other mediators, such as a mental health professional or a financial advisor, in the process. Involving a professional such as a family therapist in the mediation process can be invaluable, particularly if both parties share children who are struggling to process the divorce.
Regardless of how you choose to mediate your divorce, mediation comes with multiple benefits:
- It keeps your divorce out of the public eye. Generally, divorce is a matter of public record, meaning your divorce case will be available to the public if you handle your divorce in court. Mediation gives you a private, out-of-court alternative for resolving your divorce.
- It's more efficient (and affordable). When brought to court, the divorce process can take months or even years to finalize. Additionally, filing for divorce in court is a multi-step process. You have to work with your attorney to decide a course of action, receive a court date, argue your case in court, and await a decision. These steps can take a significant amount of time, especially waiting for a court date. In contrast, mediation happens on your time. You waste less money on litigation since your attorney won't have to argue for you in court, and you save time since you're not waiting on the court. You can get answers and resolve issues quickly and efficiently.
- It's easier on both parties (and any children). Introducing the court and the prospect of court-issued judgments to the divorce process often escalates tension between parties. The mediation process is expressly designed to mitigate conflict, instead encouraging parties to collaborate at their own pace to reach an agreement. As a result, stress from the divorce is less likely to carry over to any children involved in the process. Not only does that make the children happier, but it also makes co-parenting them easier. Whether you have a family or not, mediation can help you resolve your divorce more peacefully.
Individuals engaging in divorce shouldn't underestimate the potential of mediation to make the divorce process vastly more amicable and efficient.
At Myers Family Law, our divorce mediator has decades of experience helping individuals reach mutually beneficial arrangements with their ex-spouses and partners.
To learn more, contact us onlineor give us a call at (916) 634-0067.