Divorce is never an easy process, but it can be made even more difficult and time-consuming when it becomes a contested divorce. This is where both parties cannot agree on the terms of the separation, leading to a lengthy and expensive legal battle. However, there is an alternative option that can save you time, money, and emotional stress: mediation. In this blog post, we will discuss five key benefits of choosing mediation over a contested divorce.
One of the most significant advantages of mediation is that it is typically much more cost-effective than a contested divorce. According to the American Bar Association, the cost of mediation is generally 40-60% less than the cost of a contested divorce. This is because mediation does not require the same level of legal representation, and the process is usually much quicker, which means fewer billable hours for attorneys.
Another key benefit of mediation is that it is a much faster process than a contested divorce. In a contested divorce, the court process can take months or even years to resolve, whereas mediation can often be completed in just a few sessions. This means that you can move on with your life more quickly and start the healing process sooner.
When a divorce goes through the court system, the details of your case become part of the public record. This means that anyone can access information about your divorce, including personal and financial details. In contrast, mediation is a private and confidential process, which ensures that your personal information remains private. According to the U.S. Courts, confidentiality is one of the primary reasons people choose mediation over litigation.
4. More Control Over the Outcome
In a contested divorce, the final decision is ultimately in the hands of a judge, who may not fully understand the unique dynamics of your relationship and family. With mediation, you and your spouse have more control over the outcome, as you work together to reach a mutually agreeable resolution. This can lead to more satisfactory results for both parties and a greater sense of closure.
5. Better for Children
Divorce can be particularly challenging for children, and a contested divorce can exacerbate this stress. Mediation is often a more child-friendly option, as it encourages cooperation and communication between parents, which can help to create a more stable and supportive environment for children during and after the divorce process. The American Psychological Association states that children fare better when parents can minimize conflict and cooperate on matters related to their well-being.
At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., we understand that divorce is a difficult and emotional process, and we are here to help you navigate this challenging time. Our experienced mediators can guide you through the mediation process, providing a more cost-effective, time-saving, and less stressful alternative to a contested divorce. If you are considering divorce and would like to explore the option of mediation, contact us today to schedule a consultation.