You may be dreading the divorce process and the toll it could have on you, your spouse and your children. However, you may also be eager to start your new life. Most people are familiar with two types of divorce: contested and uncontested. In a contested divorce, you and your spouse disagree on certain terms such as child custody, alimony and property division and need the court’s help to settle your differences. In an uncontested divorce, you agree on these terms on your own and do not require the assistance of the court.
If you and your spouse are having trouble resolving your divorce, meditation is a helpful alternative to courtroom litigation. Meditation allows you both to settle differences with the help of a neutral third party. In recent years, it has gained popularity for its simplicity, convenience and other benefits, including:
- Timeliness: Mediation is often favored over divorce because it takes place over the course of several short sessions. Litigation could take several years in complicated cases.
- Affordability: Depending on your divorce case, it may make more sense for you to choose mediation because it can be less expensive than a traditional divorce.
- Less trauma on children: Divorce of any kind is traumatic on children. However, because mediation focuses on conflict resolution through cooperation, many have speculated that it is less harmful to all parties involved, especially children.
- Control over your future: One of the greatest benefits of mediation is that it lets you and your spouse take control of your futures. Your mediator keeps you focused on resolving the issues at hand. This allows you and your spouse to create a custom and well-thought-out divorce agreement that is mutually beneficial. If you go to court with unresolved issues, a judge could make determinations regarding your divorce decree without your input.
Are you considering mediation? Do you and your spouse need more information? A knowledgeable family law attorney can review your case, answer your questions and determine whether mediation is right for you.