Divorce is a procedure that has been viewed traditionally as adversarial. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to realize that nobody wins in a highly contested divorce.
Alternatives to litigation have become more popular, and they are often more efficient. Mediation is one such example. How might mediation benefit you in terms of efficiency?
You can stay out of the courts
The family court deals with numerous cases every single day. They’ll have their priorities, and your divorce is not necessarily going to be at the top of that list. This means you might have to wait around a while until you get a hearing. You typically won’t be able to reschedule this hearing unless you have a very good reason. The hearing could be set within a few weeks, or it could extend to a period of several months.
Mediation offers an alternative to this. You’ll be dealing with fewer people in a smaller environment. You and your spouse may have legal representation. Then, there will be a mediator and that’s it. Nobody else needs to know about the details of your case. Mediation can generally be scheduled around you and your spouse and your work and family commitments.
Encouraging open conversations
Mediation also focuses on finding amicable solutions. This is done by encouraging reasonable conversations between the parties. If you and your spouse take on the mindset of working with one another rather than fighting, you can cover a lot of ground quickly in mediation.
Mediation is only one alternative to a litigated divorce. At the end of the day, you have to choose the option that suits you best. Seeking some legal guidance will help you get to the stage where you know what to do next.