Children are often the biggest complicating factor in modern divorces. Couples have to negotiate custody arrangements and support matters, which can take a lot more effort and careful consideration than basic property division matters. They will also remain in close contact for years, if not the rest of their lives.
If you do not have children and find yourself thinking about divorce, you will still have to deal with disputes with your ex. Although the disputes may be less intensely emotional because they primarily deal with property, it may be difficult for you to resolve those disagreements on your own.
The two of you may be viable candidates for divorce mediation instead of litigation. Mediation brings in a neutral third party to help you and your spouse resolve your disagreements about the terms for the end of your marriage.
Why is mediation a popular tool for divorce?
Divorce mediation is an effective way to resolve any ongoing disagreements between spouses. Even those who have found themselves at a negotiation impasse can potentially reach a settlement with a little help.
Perhaps you understand that you have to let your ex maintain possession of your marital home because they have a high enough income to qualify for a mortgage but you don’t. However, the two of you disagree about the appropriate way to divide your home’s equity. A mediator might be the exact sort of help that you need to find a compromise that both of you can live with after your divorce.
Mediation gives you and your ex control over the outcome of your divorce. The process is also confidential, unlike litigation. What you say in mediation remains private, not part of the public record. Mediation also helps you keep your total costs lower. While you do have to pay for the service, you will drastically reduce how much time you spend in court if your mediation session is successful – and that can make it very cost-effective.
The privacy, reduced costs and improved control over the outcome provided by divorce mediation are all compelling reasons to consider this your solution in your upcoming divorce. Looking into alternative dispute resolution options like mediation can lead to a quicker, less expensive uncontested divorce, especially if you don’t have children.