Top 3 Reasons To Choose Divorce Mediation
There are a few reasons divorce mediation is the right choice for many couples. Of course, both parties need to be ready for good faith negotiations, meaning both individuals can work through disputes and compromise as needed. When possible, mediation can be beneficial in the following ways.
- More affordable
- Healing and can help in maintaining a relationship
- Control over outcome
To determine if mediation or litigation is the right choice for your situation, talk to a Bucks County family attorney. Each situation is unique and there are pros and cons to different dispute options.
Successful Mediation is More Affordable than Divorce
Dissolution of a marriage can be expensive. It may be far higher than the amount either spouse was anticipating. Sometimes, mediation is turned to because financial possibilities have been exhausted. Choosing mediation first can see a lot of money for one or both parties.
Mediation can also be substantially more civil, which is important as divorce can be tiring emotionally. If co-parenting will be part of life after the divorce is finalized, spending time and energy to develop a good relationship can be especially beneficial. Litigation can leave lasting scars, sometimes these injuries are slow to heal or never heal at all. Mediation can be a choice that is more private and allows both parties to negotiate through the process rather than having an outside party make a potentially life-changing decision.
Maintaining More Control Over Final Decisions
When there is property to divide and co-parenting agreements to establish, you may want to have control over decisions. The parties themselves are in control when mediation is chosen. Litigation means the judge will decide final terms. This can be difficult for individuals who do not want to accept the ruling of an outside party, a judge who has authority over the situation.
Another advantage of the mediation process is that it occurs outside of court. It can often be short too, lasting a day or a half of a day. A mediator will walk you through the process, but the parties themselves have to be able to reach a level of agreement. At minimum, knowing what and when they are willing to compromise is needed when going into mediation. Then, a mediator can help facilitate the best settlement for your situation.
In short, you can save time, relationships, and control concerns with mediation. The mediation will typically take place in a private place, a conference room or office, and spouses can discuss issues with the mediator in real time. In a courtroom, testimony will be part of the public record and a judge will decide after listening to issues. There is less or no room for discussion.
Are you ready to discuss different marriage dissolution options? The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand help to untangle complicated matters and inform you of your options. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your free consultation today, call 215-968-6602.