What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?

What Are the Benefits of Divorce Mediation?

When people think of divorce, many of us tend to think of it as an emotional, frustrating, and drawn-out experience that takes a massive toll on all parties involved, including the children. However, the fact is that there is no reason for divorce to be a messy and costly courtroom drama. Divorce mediation is an option that allows spouses to work together to achieve a settlement that is not only mutually beneficial, but more cost-effective, peaceful, and less time-consuming.

Below is a more in-depth overview of the benefits mediation provides divorcing spouses:

  • Children come first: If you share children with your spouse, they are likely feeling rather uncertain about their future. If you end up taking your divorce through the process of litigation, leaving the outcome of your settlement in the hands of a judge, this will likely result in your children having to take the stand to answer where they would prefer to live. To avoid the potentially negative impact this emotionally-charged scenario could have on your children, you could opt for mediation instead. Mediation puts children first by allowing you and your spouse to handle your divorce without involving your children in a nasty courtroom battle. Additionally, considering that the two of you will continue to be co-parents after the dust settles, mediation gives divorcing spouses the opportunity to nurture a more collaborative and cooperative relationship.
  • Mediation takes less time: The courts are usually overwhelmed due to budget cuts, hiring freezes, and workload that never seems to cease. As such, it is no surprise that, when you subject yourself to the mercy of their schedule, the divorce process can take a considerable amount of time. For spouses who choose to dissolve their marriage through mediation, however, a divorce can take as little as two to three months. It essentially depends on how effectively the two of you can coordinate schedules and how willing you are to compromise and negotiate.
  • Keep things private: When a divorce goes through the court system, it is no longer private. It can easily become a very public and very humiliating experience for all parties involved. If you go through mediation, however, your divorce will remain completely private. No one other than you, your spouse, the mediator, and your respective attorneys will know what is being discussed. Given the numerous intimate details often divulged in the divorce process, you and your spouse will likely both rest easier knowing the life you shared is not available to the public.
  • Mediation is more cost-effective: When you save time on your divorce, you also end up saving money on it as well. Given that mediation is more focused on problem-solving and reaching an agreement than it is on “winning,” it also creates an environment that is more conducive to reaching solutions more quickly to keep your costs in check.

Skilled DuPage County Mediation Attorneys

If you and your spouse are no longer able to make your marriage work, now is the time to consider the best option to dissolve your marriage. Alternative means, such as divorce mediation, can often be more cost effective and far less stressful than taking your divorce through the process of litigation. At the Law Office of David A. King, P.C. in DuPage County, we offer mediation services to our clients to help them peacefully put an end to their marriage.

Get started on your divorce case today and reach out to our law firm at (630) 504-0003 to learn more about divorce and family law mediation. Our team services clients throughout Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties.