Divorce is never an easy process, it also doesn’t have to be the immensely stressful and contentious process that most people make it out to be. There are plenty of alternatives out there that could help you navigate the divorce process, but many people refuse to try them thinking they’re just a waste of time and money. Here are some of the benefits you could receive from making a genuine effort to have your divorce mediated instead of litigating the entire process.
Litigating a divorce is expensive. Not only do you have to pay your attorney to work with you through the preparation and then litigation process in order to come to a finalized result at least six months later, but then you have to pay court costs and other expenses related to the process. It adds up in a hurry. Mediation is between you, your spouse, and a neutral, third-party mediator, which keeps costs considerably lower than a normal divorce.
A More Fair Result
When you mediate your divorce, you don’t have to worry about a “winner” and “loser.” You and your spouse work together to come up with an agreement that’s perfect for both of you. No need to worry about a judge intervening and ruling heavily in favor of your spouse on something important to you.
Less Harbored Negative Emotion
Generally, spouses who work through their divorce together hold a much better opinion of each other when the process is complete. If there are children from the marriage, this usually leads to a much better parenting environment and overall a happier life for everyone.
Litigated divorce are held in public court and therefore become part of the public record. Things like who owns what assets, who gets the children at what times, and other sensitive information will be free and open to the prying eyes of the public. It’s not uncommon for those who have just gone through a divorce to quickly become the target of burglars and scammers because of this.
You Can Always Litigate If It Doesn’t Work
If mediation doesn’t work, you can always fall back to litigation and go through your divorce that way. This option doesn’t work for everyone, but if you think you can make a genuine effort to work together with your spouse and come to a conclusion, you’d only be hurting yourself by not trying.
For more information, contact the Rocklin divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Keegan & Myers, PC by dialing (916) 634-0067!