Is mediation the right choice for me?
Going through a divorce is not only emotionally painful, but it can also cause you financial strain and take up a large portion of your time. You may want to consider exploring the option of mediation. According to the American Bar Association, mediating a divorce is as much as 60 percent more affordable than going through litigation.
The ABA suggests that you could benefit from mediation if you have a good relationship with your spouse. Through mediation, you will need to be able to work together on potentially sensitive issues such as property division and child custody. Even the most complex divorces can be handled effectively in mediation as long as the couple is able to communicate and remain respectful of each other.
A report from Forbes magazine points out that through this alternative to traditional divorce, an unbiased mediator will help the spouses reach an agreement regarding every aspect of the separation. Not only can this keep the couple’s relationship amicable, but it can also save time and money. Mediation helps the couple to retain control because they will make key decisions instead of leaving them up to the court.
However, Forbes gives the following warnings:
- Some mediation agreements can be challenged if they are too lopsided.
- If mediation does not work, there is the possibility you will have to go to court.
- Even when the couple reaches an agreement, there may still be some legal complications that a court will need to handle.
For many people, mediation will result in a favorable outcome. According to Top Counseling Schools, as many of 80 percent of couples who go through mediation report a satisfactory experience.
While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.