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A less expensive divorce is only one benefit of mediation

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you probably dread facing months of expensive litigation.

Mediation is a popular alternative to the standard court procedure because it is much easier on the pocketbook. However, a more economical approach to divorce is not the only benefit.

Communication is key

Mediation is all about communication between participants. If you and your soon-to-be-ex believe you can work together to create a mutually satisfactory divorce agreement, mediation may be a good option for you. In fact, learning to communicate in an atmosphere of respect and civility will serve you well going forward, especially if you have children. As parents, raising kids requires cooperation and a certain amount of teamwork. Mediation can lay a solid foundation for the kind of co-parenting relationship you will need in the post-divorce years.

Softens the emotional toll

Dissolving your marriage is an emotional and painful experience. A divorce in court is a public event, whereas mediation is private. That alone reduces much of the stress you would ordinarily feel. Your mediator, a neutral third party, will help you avoid the anger, name-calling and misunderstandings that could spring up in negotiations and get you back on track to work on the issues, such as child custody matters and division of assets. Emotions cannot help but play a part in your divorce, but the mediation process strives to keep them under control.

Cuts the time required

The average time it takes to litigate a divorce is approximately 18 months. If the divorce is complex, it could take considerably longer. On the other hand, mediation takes about 90 days on average. Once participants approve the results, you file the agreement with the court and the divorce is over.

Going forward

The first step is to discuss the concept of mediation with your spouse. If you both feel that you can work through the process as a team, the next step is obtaining legal guidance to learn more about the benefits as well as the drawbacks of mediation. You may decide that this process is the perfect divorce option.

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