A traditional divorce in court can turn into an ordeal given the possibility of contentious legal wrangling.
Entering into more peaceful and fruitful negotiations outside of court is worth considering. Mediation is one option that provides benefits you will not find in litigation.
Divorce mediation is an example of alternative dispute resolution. Sessions take place outside of court in more relaxed surroundings. To reach a mutually satisfactory divorce agreement, you and your spouse will meet with a neutral third party, a trained mediator. The mediator will not take sides but will provide access to legal resources as needed and help the two of you brainstorm to resolve sticking points.
Less stress, less expense
In a more relaxed environment, you will experience less stress and anxiety. The mediator will keep your discussions with your spouse on track, which will enable you to expect a timelier conclusion than you would find with litigation. Less time spent also translates to a less expensive divorce.
Open communication is key in mediation sessions. As you and your soon-to-be-ex become accustomed to discussing important points with each other, the process becomes easier. While working as a team, the ability to communicate gives you control over the outcome whereas the decisions of a judge would accompany a settlement reached in court. Litigation is still a possibility if mediation does not provide the desired results. However, keep in mind that mediation is a faster, less expensive and less stressful road to divorce than litigation. In addition, you can use the focus on communication to your advantage as you build a new family foundation in a post-divorce world.