One of the increasingly popular methods of divorce in recent years is to get divorced through the process of mediation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution that allows both parties (typically comprised of a spouse and his or her respective attorney) to avoid litigation and simultaneously reach an agreement. There are a number of different benefits of mediation that contribute to its popularity. Some of which are as follows:
- Mediation allows the couple to stay out of the courtroom. Many people fear divorce because they are afraid that it will result in a long, bitter court battle. However, mediation typically takes place in a conference room without a judge.
- The couple is permitted to make their own decisions instead of having a judge make decisions for them. Mediation can allow the divorcing couple to talk through any contested matters with the guidance of an experienced mediator that can help them come to a conclusion that everyone agrees with.
- Mediation typically takes less time than a litigated divorce. Of course, the length of a mediated divorce corresponds directly with how willing each party is to cooperate and compromise. Mediated divorces can be completed within however many sessions the couple needs to resolve contested matters, whether they need 4 sessions or 20. That being said, mediated divorces can be less expensive than litigated divorces depending on the number of sessions the couple requires to complete the divorce.
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