The advantages of Divorce Mediation:
Mediation is usually much faster than traditional divorce. You donít have to wait for the court or your attorneys to work on your case. You can begin addressing your case right away through mediation.
Mediation is usually much less expensive than traditional divorce. Instead of paying two attorneys to negotiate for you, you pay only one mediator. You can also save the expenses for discovery that can make up the bulk of legal expenses. According to Money Magazine (September, 2001; page 86) Divorce Court and Legal Expenses might run $20,000 while expenses for a Mediated Divorce might run $1,800.
Instead of relying on an attorney to control the process and outcome of your divorce, you can take the lead role yourself and make sure the final settlement meets your needs. You can avoid the slow, expensive and ineffective process of communicating with your spouse through your attorney.
Everything that happens in mediation is confidential (with a few exceptions). You donít have to worry that the private details of your life will appear in public court documents. Even more, the confidentiality factor allows you room to experiment with creative solutions to disputes without having to commit to anything until it has been finely tuned and works.
We all have different needs. Through mediation you can craft parenting plans and financial agreements that meet the needs of you and your children instead of having to accept cookie cutter plans that may not work for you.
Especially if you have children, you are going to need to communicate and work with your ex-spouse for years to come. Litigation usually creates more conflict and stress in the relationship. Through mediation you can learn new ways to communicate that will make co-parenting easier and your life less stressful.
Once accepted by the court, the agreements developed in mediation have the same legally binding status as any court decree. However, studies show that mediated agreements are much less subject to post-decree action than decrees issued by judges. In other words, although it is very common for divorced co-parents to return to court over parenting disputes even after the divorce is final, parents with mediated agreements are less likely to file post-decree disputes. This means fewer or even no legal hassles in the future!