Divorce can take an emotional and financial toll on any spouse, especially if matters drag out too long in court. However, if you want to avoid the high cost of litigation, some options could help save you time and money.
Mediation is more economical than going to court. As court proceedings can drag on for months, even years, that could put a big hole in your wallet.
The environment is also more relaxed than a courtroom setting, where divorcing spouses often feel like they’re entering a boxing ring. Although the mediator controls the proceedings, sessions typically get conducted in an informal setting. This can help put both parties at ease. In some cases, you and your spouse don’t even have to be in the same room if tensions are too high.
What can I use mediation for?
According to Divorce Magazine, mediation includes a third-party who can help address conflict and guide divorcing couples to a mutual compromise. They can also help give unbiased advice and negotiate terms. Spouses can address a broad range of topics in mediation, including:
- Spousal support
- Living arrangements
- Child custody
- Asset division
Peaceful negotiations can make splitting apart a little easier
Mediation is a voluntary process and works only when all parties involved want it to succeed. It works best when it is a sincere collaborative effort. This can help speed the process and allow everyone to move forward with the rest of their lives.