When a couple decides to get a divorce, the process can be long and arduous. Often, each spouse will have their own lawyer to represent them in court. However, there are other ways to settle a divorce than through a long and costly court battle. One such way is through mediation. Mediation is a process where both spouses meet with a mediator who helps them come to an agreement on all the issues they need to resolve in order to get divorced.
What’s the difference between mediation and divorce?
When it comes to divorce, there are typically two ways to settle things - through mediation or in court. Mediation is a process where both spouses meet with a mediator who helps them come to an agreement on all the issues they need to resolve in order to get divorced. This can be a quicker and less expensive option than going to court. However, if either spouse decides they no longer want to work towards an agreement, the process can end, and the parties will have to go to court.
Does mediation have any benefits?
There are many benefits to mediation over going to court. First, mediation is much cheaper than litigation. One reason mediation is cheaper than a divorce is that the spouses control the process. They can choose to meet with the mediator as often as they like, and they can end the mediation process at any time. In contrast, when a couple goes to court, the judge will rule on all of the issues in the case. This can often lead to lengthy and costly litigation.
Second, it is much faster – often taking only a few months as opposed to years in court. Mediation is more private than litigation – information revealed during mediation typically cannot be used in court proceedings. Finally, mediation allows both spouses an opportunity to have their say and come up with an agreement that works for them.
If you are considering getting a divorce, you should speak to an experienced family law attorney at Chung & Ignacio, LLP to learn more about your options. We can help you decide whether mediation is right for you and can help guide you through the process.