TV and media adaptations have portrayed divorce as adversarial for many years. In the past, divorce may have been this way, but there’s been a shift in recent times.
Divorce is no longer a taboo subject. People are beginning to accept that ending a toxic relationship is better than remaining together. Divorcing couples are also reaping the rewards of more collaborative approaches to family law.
One such approach is mediation. Mediation involves spouses cooperating to reach fair agreements that are still legally binding. Outlined below are some of the key benefits of divorce mediation.
It’s more efficient
The length of the divorce process will largely depend upon the specific circumstances of the couple. However, most divorces take around a year to complete. Litigated divorces are at the mercy of the family court’s schedule.
Mediation, on the other hand, can be much more efficient. Couples attend mediation sessions voluntarily and they can generally take the process at their own pace. As long as both spouses are on the same page, the process can be over within a month or two. With this efficiency comes the added benefit of reducing costs.
It’s more private
Often, divorce details become a matter of public record. Mediation doesn’t work this way. The details of mediation sessions can be kept confidential between spouses and their representatives.
Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of mediation is that it reduces conflict between spouses. Not only can this reduce the stress on separating partners, but it can make the divorce easier to handle for children.
Mediation is just one of many divorce options at your disposal. The more information you have, the better situated you are to take the appropriate steps in your circumstances.