Benefits of a Mediated Divorce | What to Know
Litigation can be a long and stressful process. The process of litigation involves a judge making decisions on behalf of the couple. These decisions may involve child custody, child support, spousal support, the division of assets, and more. If either party is unhappy with the judge’s decisions, they can file an appeal. Litigation can be a good option for many couples, but some couples prefer to settle the matters of their divorce outside of the court. This may be done through the process of mediation. Mediation involves a couple working through the matters of their divorce with the help of a neutral third party. Read on to learn more about mediation and some of the benefits of the process.
What are the Benefits of Mediation?
Mediation is a popular option. This is because it offers:
- Control: With a divorce through litigation, a judge makes decisions about a couple’s marital issues. Mediation gives the spouses control and lets them make their own decisions about the terms of their divorce.
- Confidentiality: Mediation is confidential. Neither spouse nor the mediator is permitted to share information in mediation or use it against one another. This allows spouses the chance to be open and honest with one another. Additionally, matters decided through litigation can become public record.
- Speed: Mediation is typically a quicker process than other methods of divorce. The duration may depend on the couple and how many marital issues must be resolved.
- Cost: Unlike divorcing through litigation, mediation is cost-friendly. Divorce through litigation can become expensive for the couple as well as the state of New York.
- Choice: Couples have the option to participate in mediation, they are not required to. It is a voluntary process that lets spouses reach positive decisions on their own.
- Family: When a couple uses mediation, it usually benefits any family involved. Trials can often be difficult for spouses, while mediation allows for healthy conversations to take place. This is especially beneficial for those with children in the family.
If neither mediation nor litigation is right for you, there are other options, such as arbitration or collaborative divorce. Speak with an experienced divorce attorney who can help you determine the best method for you and your spouse.
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