While divorce mediation may not be appropriate for all divorcing couples, mediating, as opposed to litigating, your split may lead to a number of important benefits. Unlike a traditional courtroom divorce that pits you against your ex, divorce mediation sees the two of you work together with a third-party mediator to sort through the same matters you would in court.
What are some of the notable advantages that come with mediating your divorce?
1. Lower costs
Mediation is almost always going to cost you a good bit less than a litigated divorce. Why? For starters, you and your ex share the expense associated with hiring the mediator, rather than each of you having to finance your own lawyers. When you mediate, you may also save money by not paying court-related expenses and fees.
2. More privacy
Unlike a courtroom divorce, a mediated divorce offers you a high degree of privacy. There is no court reporter present taking down all the dirty details of your split. Also, any notes taken by the mediator never become part of the public record.
3. Less contentiousness
You may also find that you are able to preserve at least a somewhat cordial relationship with your ex if you mediate, rather than litigate, your divorce. Preserving the relationship may be especially important if you have to co-parent with one another moving forward.
While your divorce mediator may offer tips and make suggestions about how to settle your divorce, this individual does not “force” agreements between parties and instead remains objective.