Many people believe that getting a divorce automatically means going to trial. However, this is not always the case, and, in many situations, it is not the most desirable situation.
In order to avoid spending lots of time and treasure in court, many couples select mediated or collaborative divorce. According to Divorce Mag, mediated divorce can save you a lot of money, stress and time when compared to trial divorce.
Why does mediation save money?
At the end of the day, divorce is a standard civil lawsuit that primarily revolves around financials. In basically any area of law, it is advantageous for two feuding parties to mediate or arbitrate their differences rather than litigate. “Settling out of court” is the superior option unless no agreeable remedies exist between the parties. Divorce is no different.
Opting for mediation can literally save you tens of thousands of dollars. This can be very meaningful while going through a divorce, as generally both parties of the divorce will be experiencing some variety of financial strain as they go through the process.
Why does mediation save time and stress?
Taking a divorce to trial simply means you will spend longer dealing with it. The average overall time for a divorce in litigation is between 9 months and two years. To compare, the average divorce mediation process is between two to four months.
Since mediation is comparatively streamlined and encourages the ex-spouses to negotiate their divorce terms directly with each other, cutting out the middleman (in this case, the courtroom and judge) saves tons of time and, ultimately, stress.