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What Are The Benefits of Divorce/Family Mediation?

Preserves Relationships

  • Mediation helps preserve a good relationship with your spouse and reducing the tension for the sake of the children.
  • Spouses who mediate their divorce typically are better able to communicate and cooperate and to keep tensions down for the sake of the children.
  • The mediation experience builds a base for future cooperation between the parties and teaches you how to resolve issues in a cooperative manner.
  • Typically the parties are more satisfied by having arrived at their own “solutions” to the problems as opposed to having a judge make the decisions.
  • The parties’ children typically benefit from such a collaborative approach.

Less Costly

  • Typically mediation is significantly less expensive than a litigated divorce. A typical mediated divorce costs about $5,000.
  • If the case goes to court, the cost may be three times as high — or more.
  • Mediation is less expensive than paying two lawyers to fight for each spouse.

Less Time Consuming

  • Mediated divorce cases typically take considerably less time than a litigated divorce.

Greater Overall Satisfaction

  • In Mediation the parties are assisted by a mediator to reach an agreement developed by the spouses themselves, not one imposed by a judge or the court system.
  • Typically those spouses who mediate their own settlement are much more satisfied with their divorce.
  • In addition, children of mediated divorces may adjust better to the divorce of their parents than children of litigated divorces.