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The benefits of mediation

If the relationship between you and your ex-spouse is not especially acrimonious, you may want to consider taking part in mediation as opposed to a traditional courtroom divorce. Mediation occurs when you and your soon-to-be former spouse sit down with an unbiased third party in a private location to hash out issues and allocate assets. Rather than act as a judge, the mediator is there to offer impartial guidance and assist you and the other party as you plan for your lives apart from one another.  

Mediation offers many benefits in addition to keeping your divorce out of a courtroom setting. Some of the benefits of mediation include:

Its cost-effectiveness

AmericanBar.org reports that you might save anywhere from 40 to 60 percent should you choose to take part in mediation as an alternative to traditional courtroom litigation. Mediation proceedings can be faster, too, because both parties have a shared objective of establishing mutually agreeable terms. In litigation, both parties and their respective legal teams must take the time to argue one side or the other, and court fees and associated expenditures can add up over time.  

Its less-stressful nature

Having your dirty laundry aired in any sort of public fashion can be humiliating, and you also may not be the only one impacted. Children and other family members also must deal with the fallout from divorce litigation, and the same stress you are feeling can have trickle-down effects on your children. Mediation, on the other hand, gives you an opportunity to show your children that you and the other parent can still collaborate with one another despite the divorce – and this can make the entire transitional period easier on them.  

Mediation can simplify the process of separating from your spouse, but it may not be appropriate in all situations. To discuss your own family law-related issue or to learn more about whether mediation may benefit you, consider getting in contact with an attorney.  

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