When people go through divorces, they can make them as easy or difficult as they want. It’s always going to be simpler to go through a divorce in which you and your spouse work together to resolve your differences. If you opt to litigate, your divorce is more likely to take longer and cost more.
Mediation is an excellent option and type of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation allows you and your spouse to work together toward reasonable settlements and solutions to questions about custody or property division.
When is mediation a good choice for a divorcing couple?
Mediation is a good option for divorcing couples that have decided to work together to discuss their preferences and to come to reasonable agreements. For example, if you and your spouse agree that you’d like to settle outside of court and avoid litigation but still have some conflicts that need dispute resolution support, then mediation may be a good choice.
Mediation is typically best for those who are willing to negotiate and who believe that it’s possible to come up with an agreeable divorce settlement by working together. If your spouse doesn’t want to negotiate or you don’t see yourself agreeing to any terms they would like met, then mediation may not be right for you.
Mediation saves time and money
For couples concerned about the cost of litigating and resolving disputes, mediation should be at the top of the list of options to try. Mediation is usually more cost-effective than litigating. You will both work with a single mediator, but you’ll take your settlement decisions to your attorneys for submission to the court. Until you do that, nothing that happens in mediation is binding (in most cases), so you can tweak the settlement until it seems perfect for you both.
The right dispute resolution process could be helpful in your case
Divorces can be tough, but being willing to set aside your differences and work toward a reasonable outcome could help you move forward more easily. Mediation usually helps people save time, money and effort as they end their marriages and look to the future.