Resolving a divorce doesn’t have to be a drawn-out process nor a costly one. In fact, divorce mediation may serve as a particularly ideal solution for couples looking to find some common ground on issues such as alimony, property divisions, child custody and support. It may also be helpful in reaching a swifter dissolution to your marriage as a result as well.
Among one of the most noticeable benefits associated with mediation is that, it affords couples a collaborative setting within which to discuss the dissolution of the marriage over an adversarial one associated with a courtroom. Because of this, the couple has more of a say over consultants (i.e. accountants, therapists, etc.) asked to provide their professional insight in the case, as opposed to a judge making that decision for you.
Because judge’s schedules are tight and they have a full case load, they many times don’t have time to adequately hear the intricacies of a particular case. In contrast, mediation allows the parties’ voices to not only be heard, but in the absence of the court calendar, sessions can be scheduled for when it’s convenient to both parties, whether it be weekends or evenings.
Most divorces, handled through mediation as opposed to in front of a judge, tend to be more swiftly and cost effectively resolved as well. An issue that may take years and cost anywhere between $40,000 and a half million dollars to resolve in front of a judge may take three to 12 sessions lasting two to three hours each, or the equivalent to just a few short months, and cost just between $3,000 and $15,000 to resolve in mediation.
It’s also important to note that, in handling a divorce through mediation, you avoid any details of your divorce becoming public information. Also, kids seem to be less emotionally disturbed when a more amicable settlement is reached between their parents as well. And, because agreements originate with the couple and not with a judge, they tend to be stuck to more often in the long term.
Also important to note is that mediated settlements are non-binding. If you’re not satisfied with the results of the mediation, you have an option to have the case ultimately heard in front of a judge instead.
If you or someone you know if considering getting divorced, a Houston, Texas, divorce attorney can provide advice and guidance in your legal matter.
Source: LAFamily.com, “Top 10 benefits of divorce mediation,” Scheherazade Rastegar, accessed March 29, 2017