Why Choose Mediation Over Litigation? 

Litigation can be highly contentious, often costs a tremendous amount of money,,sometimes takes years to conlcude, delegates many decisions to a judicial officer, and often leaves the parties angry and polarized in their positions. 

A. You Save Money 

If marital partners have progressed beyond the emotional pain which accompanies most separations, and can deal with one another in a fair and businesslike fashion, mediation can save both parties thousands of dollars. Instead of paying two sets of law firms thousands of dollars, the partners save those funds to divide as part of their marital estate. 

B. You Save Time

If both martial partners are motivated to untangle their personal involvement and financial affairs and can also agree upon the important matters (such as their children, what amount of income both partners earn and need, and how they want their assets divided), an agreement can be reached as quickly as the partners are ready to reach it.  The agreement can then be reviewed and explained by independent attorneys, revised and signed - leaving only the paperwork to be done until the parties are divorces and their assets divided. 

C. You Design Your Deal 

In most cases, a divorce is the biggest lawsuit you will ever face and it touches every aspect of what is near and dear to your heart - especially your children. With such significant decisions to be made, mediation allows you to be a part of designing your own deal rather than relying upon a Judicial Officer to make orders by which you will then have to live by. 

D. You Decrease Personal Wear and Tear - The Divorce Process

There is a world of difference in the process between participating in mediation versus living with the burden of being a party to a contentious divorce action. In mediation there are no court hearings and no trials. The very nature of a divorce is to bring about change and acrimony when couples must face each other as opponents in court. Mediation should lessen the emotional turmoil and stress that is created by divorce litigation. 

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