Divorce mediation can offer a variety of different benefits to divorcing couples weary of the divorce litigation process. It can help divorcing couples address all the same divorce-related concerns they may have but can do so through a less contentious process that has several important benefits.
There are several possible benefits of divorce mediation opposed to a litigated divorce including:
- Save time: The divorce mediation process can be more cost efficient and save time on court-related delays and other aspects of the litigated divorce process that take time.
- Save money: Because the divorce mediation process can be more time efficient, it can also potentially be more cost efficient and save the divorcing couple on litigation and other costs associated with a traditional divorce that is litigated in divorce court.
- Avoid bad feelings: Because one of the goals of the divorce mediation process is to reach a mutually agreed upon divorce settlement, it can help minimize lingering negative feelings the divorcing spouses may hold towards one another.
- Minimize emotional trauma for all: Because the divorce mediation process is aimed at the divorcing couple working together to reach outcomes they can both live with, it may help minimize emotional trauma for the couple and any children involved.
- Provide an equitable resolution and path forward: The ultimate goal of the divorce mediation process is a divorce settlement agreement that is fair to both parties; as such, it also creates a process for resolving future concerns.
The divorce mediation process is also more private and personal and provides the divorcing couple more control over the outcomes of their divorce than if the decisions were turned over to the divorce court. For those many reasons, and possible benefits, divorcing couples should understand and consider mediating their divorce.