Divorce mediation is a process where you and your spouse work things out with the help of a trained neutral third party — the mediator — in a private setting. It can be voluntary or, in the case of contested divorces, required by the court prior to trial. Both of you can still have your own attorney to help you during the negotiation process and to review the final agreement before a judge signs off on it.
There are many benefits to choosing mediation for your divorce, including:
Cost. Typically, mediation costs less than a traditional divorce — and a lot less than litigation.
Less stress. Mediation helps take some of the stress out of getting a divorce. The setting is informal and you work with an independent mediator versus going to a public court and having your fate in the hands of a judge.
Less animosity. A court trial can really stir up bad feelings that ex-spouses have for each other, which in turn makes things like co-parenting even more difficult. Working together through mediation will help you work together through other things as well, like developing a parenting plan that works for both of you.
Speed. Mediation is typically much faster than going to court — a few months versus a year or more, in most cases.
Control. When you use mediation for your divorce, it puts you and your soon-to-be ex in control of the process and the outcome rather than a judge who knows nothing about you or your family.
Resolution. Mediation works! If both parties are able to negotiate in good faith, you should be able to resolve your issues without going to court.
Family first. The longer a divorce drags on, the more it takes an emotional toll on your family, especially your children. Using mediation helps you and your spouse negotiate your divorce issues at a low-stress level, which allows you to focus more clearly on your family.
You can rely on Cistaro Law to skillfully negotiate and mediate your issues to a satisfactory resolution. Should the need arise, you can also count on our experience for being aggressive litigators if the situation calls for a more assertive response. Contact us today for your free consultation.