In a traditional divorce, lawyers on both sides play tug of war in an attempt to negotiate and resolve issues. If there is no decision, the divorce, the arguments and the stress head to court.
You know that you and your spouse can come to an amicable agreement. So why should your grievances be aired in a public forum? Have you ever thought about mediation? There are several advantages to using mediation to come to an agreeable end to your marriage.
Mediation is a way for people to talk about their concerns with the help of an objective, third-party person – mediator. This person does not decide the outcome of your dispute but helps steer you toward a peaceful goal.
1. Improved communication
The mediator will give you and your spouse options to help you create a resolution. He or she will focus on your specific needs which may include:
- Child custody and support
- Division of property and debts
Whereas a traditional litigated divorce is public, mediation is private. Florida statute mandates that all mediations are confidential, and a participant in a mediation cannot speak about the process to an outside person. If the court orders the mediation, there can be sanctions by the court.
3. Decreased cost and time
On average, a divorce in Florida can cost around $13,000. But this depends on the issues involved. High-asset divorces with multiple properties or businesses can increase the cost significantly. The rate to mediate is far lower. With meetings, preparation of agreements and any additional documents, costs could range from $500 to $2,500.
Timing could be substantially shorter. This all depends on a contested or uncontested divorce. A contested divorce may take years to finalize. When using mediation, you and your spouse decide how long the process will take, depending on the issues.
After making all the decisions and writing up the agreements, you and your spouse must attend a final hearing, and the judge will sign the documents. Using mediation to dissolve your marriage could guarantee you a certainty of outcome which can give you peace of mind.