If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, you may already be bracing for the upcoming court battle. 

Litigation is expensive, time-consuming and often contentious. If you are looking for a better option, you might consider mediation. 

Less stressful alternative

A traditional divorce in court is costly and it normally takes a great deal of time. Divorce should be a personal matter, but the court process opens your case to public scrutiny. In the end, the judge will make decisions that will affect your lives and the lives of your children going forward. You may not agree with those decisions and the whole litigation experience may leave you feeling bitter and dissatisfied with the outcome. 

More teamwork and communication

If you and your soon-to-be-ex are able to work together, mediation will allow you to make your own decisions and keep control of your divorce. Mediation takes place privately outside of court. You and your spouse will work together to create a divorce agreement that you both can approve. The mediator will not interfere with the decisions you make but will offer guidance to help you resolve sticking points. The process is less expensive than litigation and usually takes far less time. 

Easier on children

From property division to child custody and co-parenting matters, you can settle every divorce issue through mediation using open communication and teamwork. While this process is less stressful than litigation for the participants, it is also less stressful for the children of the marriage. Your ability to settle your divorce in a calmer, more respectful manner sets a good example and helps to establish guidelines for family relationships as you begin the next chapter of your lives.