Getting a divorce can be a scary thought. How will you deal with all the toxicity? If you are concerned about hostile court battles, you may want to consider mediation instead. When you mediate your divorce, you and your spouse try to resolve issues together with the help of a third party.
Even if you are not sure about your willingness to compromise yet, you should heavily consider mediation, because it comes with a variety of benefits. Here are the ways that mediation can help your divorce go more smoothly than you think is possible.
1. It typically costs less
Mediation is often a cost-effective option in comparison to litigation. You will generally pay for a mediator to help you and your spouse reach a resolution instead of paying for two embattled lawyers (though you still need an attorney to review your agreement before submission). Your money will go towards constructive meetings instead of waiting time and costly motion papers. The court process may cause your divorce to last longer and be nastier than necessary.
2. It is usually faster
You and your spouse can set your own timetable for solving problems. Rather than waiting months for a pre-determined court date, you can schedule your mediation sessions and potentially come to an agreement within a few weeks or months. This gets you past the ugly past and into a more hopeful future.
3. It is less adversarial
During mediation, you and your spouse will not be competing against each other. The goal is for both of you to come to an agreement that is mutually acceptable. It requires compromise and cooperative problem-solving. According to the American Psychological Association, mediation can be better for your mental health and the relationships you have with your children.
You may not be excited to sit down with your spouse and solve problems together, but it can make your divorce easier and healthier. Consider the benefits of mediation as you choose which route to take for your divorce.