If you’re considering different approaches for divorce, you’re no doubt weighing the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Many couples choose mediation over going to court due to time and money saving reasons.
The American Bar Association (ABA) lists the following advantages of mediation:
- Time. Trials often take years but mediation can help you resolve your case in a matter of months.
- Cost. Mediation costs are much lower than court costs (up to 40 to 60% lower, according to an ABA article. You and your ex can better use your money to deal with the expenses of living separately after divorce.
- Privacy. Trials become part of public record but most mediations are kept confidential.
- Decision-making. During mediation you and your spouse have a greater ability to make your own decisions. Trials leave decision-making up to the judge.
- Flexibility. Mediation lets you examine the causes of your disagreements and consider solutions that satisfy both spouse’s needs and interests. Each of you has the chance to express your feelings and tell your side of the story, which can lead to mutual understanding and greater satisfaction with the outcome.
- Better relationships after divorce. After finding you can reach compromises through mediation, you and your ex are in a better position to communicate with each other after divorce and resolve issues that arise. This is vital when you have children from your marriage.
At C.E. Borman & Associates, our attorneys are glad to answer your questions and help you make the right decisions.
Our lawyers represent clients in Bryan and College Station, and other nearby Texas communities.