You might think that the only way to settle a divorce is to go through a lengthy litigation process, but there is more than one way to approach it.
Divorce mediation is a collaborative process in which you and your spouse can agree on the terms of your separation. Here are four benefits of choosing divorce mediation.
Divorce mediation is often much quicker than litigation. This time savings can save you the cost of lawyer fees for drawn-out litigation.
2. Less stressful
Divorce mediation encourages you and your soon-to-be former spouse to remain solution-minded as you make arrangements. You can move forward without the added stress of aggressive back-and-forth litigation proceedings.
3. More controlled
Because mediation takes place outside the courtroom with a neutral mediator, you have significantly more say in the divorce arrangements. While New Jersey is an equitable distribution state, this law has little bearing on your divorce because you and your partner can decide on things like asset division, child custody, alimony and more without the intervention of a judge.
Mediation may strengthen your post-divorce relationship with your ex. The reduced hostility of divorce mediation can pave the way for a better collaboration after you split, which is especially helpful if you share children.
Depending on your situation, divorce mediation may not be an ideal option. However, if you believe you and your spouse can work together, consider the many benefits this collaborative process offers as you work to agree on the terms of your divorce.