Mediation is when a couple looking to divorce meets with an impartial third party to assist in negotiating the terms of the divorce. A mediator leaves the final decision to the parties involved; they will not decide what is fair and will not place blame on either party. Instead, a mediator acts as a catalyst between the opposing parties and attempts to bring them together by shining a light on issues and breaking down barriers in communication.
Every couple can benefit from the help of a mediator, not just couples that can’t agree on the terms of their divorce. The cooperative nature of the mediation process allows for stress relief as well as saving money by avoiding a court divorce.
Here are 5 benefits of divorce mediation:
No one likes airing their dirty laundry for the world to see. When a couple chooses divorce mediation, they aren’t going before a judge. Mediation is behind closed doors, usually in a conference room, with only three or four people in attendance (half of which is the couple themselves).
2. Quicker Resolution
Rather than scheduling the proceedings with a county court (which could take months), a couple has complete control over where and when they begin the process. Divorce does not need to go on for months, with mediation you can set up appointment days and times that work best with your schedule.
3. Work Out Complex Divisions
If a couple needs to work on high-asset property division, they can take the time they need with mediation. A mediator can even supply a couple with asset valuators, CPAs, and real estate experts to help decide who should get what assets.
When a couple chooses court divorce, they must pay a multitude of court and attorney fees as well as incidental court-related costs. A case that could cost around $1,500 with mediation might cost around $10,000 to $20,000 in a county court.
5. Sets the Tone for Custody Arrangements
The process of mediation can give a couple a fresh perspective on collaboration. If the process was smooth, the theme of ease can continue forward for the couple to successfully co-parent.
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