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Three benefits of a mediated divorce

Every divorce has the potential to seriously impact all areas of life. You may find relationships compromised and assets in jeopardy. Finding the right approach to your divorce may make a difference in how life looks when all is said and done. While divorce litigation via trial is often necessary, you may want to consider a mediated divorce.

Mediation is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) which many attorneys can provide. In mediation, the divorcing parties will hire a professional mediator to be a neutral third-party. This mediator will help facilitate agreements and arrangements between ex-spouses so that they may sort out their conflict in a way that is mutually beneficial.

1. Mediation is cost-effective

To understand how mediation is cost-effective, consider the alternative. When you and your ex-spouse go to trial, you each pay for separate lawyers—not to mention additional fees. But with mediation, the two of you simply split (how you see fit) the costs of your mediator and the mediation itself. Furthermore, a successful mediation may streamline the divorce process, possibly making for less in legal fees and potentially take less time away from your everyday working hours.

2. Mediation is private

As long as mediation does not lead to litigation or arbitration (another form of ADR), matters of your divorce will remain private. Many divorcing parties find this beneficial as they do not want to air their dirty laundry in public and mediation affords them that opportunity; in other words, you may have matters to discuss with your ex that you do not want the public to see. Mediation can help.

3. Mediation gives you more control

You may be seeking peace of mind during this time. With all the confusion and disarray that a divorce can bring, perhaps the most significant benefit of mediation is the control it gives you in divorce arrangements. If you and your ex-spouse can remain civil in your mediation, you may walk away from the divorce feeling a sense of confidence in the fate of your assets, child custody matters and other related issues. To learn more, seek the help of a certified North Carolina mediator.