Divorce is never easy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be one of the worst things to happen in your life. In fact, your divorce should ultimately be a positive choice, allowing both you and your ex-spouse to move on and become happier. But nonetheless, the process of divorce can be quite stressful and ultimately devolve into a lot of arguing and thousands of dollars being unnecessarily spent. Right now, divorces in the United States typically costs between $15,000 and $42,500. However, there are tactics that you can take to help lower the amount of money that you spend on your divorce in total. Perhaps one of the best options is divorce mediation.
You may be wondering why spending money on divorce mediation would be able to help you save money. Believe it or not, there are many elements of divorce mediation that are not only worth the investment but are potentially able to help you divorce more amicably. Let’s explore divorce mediation below.
How Does Divorce Mediation Work?
Essentially, divorce mediation will involve you and your spouse going to a professional divorce mediator. Your divorce mediator may have an informal office through which the two of you are able to work through your divorce together. However, in recent years many divorce mediators have taken to working with clients remotely.
A divorce mediator’s goal is to help you and your spouse work through your issues until you are able to agree on the terms of your divorce. Usually, these issues will center around child custody, the division of property, and sometimes even your pets. Mediators are not making the final decisions themselves, and they are not acting in a legal capacity. Once spouses come to a final agreement, the mediator will draft a divorce settlement agreement, which may even be filed with the court.
What Are the Benefits of Mediating a Divorce?
Mediation is almost always much simpler than a divorce going to trial. So if you see your divorce headed towards court, hire a mediator first. It helps you settle your divorce confidentially, with ideally less acrimony than would occur if you were handling your divorce on your own.
Mediation also gives you some degree of freedom, and you’re able to take some control back over the situation. Finally, the financial aspect of mediation is one of the top benefits. You can save a lot of money by mediating instead of taking your divorce straight to court.
If you and your spouse are considering divorce, speak with a mediator first. The divorce mediation process can help you financially and somewhat keep the peace. Contact us today to learn more about your options when it comes to divorce.