As you prepare for your divorce, it’s important to remember that there are steps you can take to reduce tension with the idea of speeding up the process and minimizing bad feelings between you and your ex-spouse.
Mediation, which is favored by the courts, is one of the best ways to resolve all the issues associated with your divorce. It doesn’t mean that everything will go smoothly from start to finish, but there are many reasons to consider this approach.
- You’re in full control: With mediation, as opposed to litigation, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are in full control of the process. While there’s a mediator to move things along, answer questions and minimize tension, it’s up to you and your spouse to negotiate and compromise on everything from child custody to property and debt division. Conversely, with litigation in a traditional courtroom setting, you lose most of your control to the family law judge presiding over the case.
- It’s more time efficient: This doesn’t always hold true, but mediation often allows you to more quickly and efficiently move through the divorce process. And since you don’t want your divorce to drag on for longer than it needs to, this is a big benefit.
- The opportunity to save money: Generally speaking, mediation is more affordable than litigation. And with less money out of your pocket to resolve your divorce, you’ll have more money to establish your new life in the future.
Even if you’re not getting along with your spouse, it doesn’t mean you should ignore the benefits of mediation. You can still use this process to resolve the issues in your divorce, without having to rely on the assistance of a family law judge.
One last thing to remember is that you’re not necessarily on your own. You’re not faced with litigation, but you can still consult with a family law attorney. This person can answer your questions, provide guidance and ensure that you don’t agree to anything that’s not in your best interest.
If divorce is on the horizon, learn more about mediation, your legal rights and how to take action.