Do you want to avoid the massive headaches and frustrating courtroom litigation sessions that most people associate with divorce cases? There may be an option for you. Mediation is when both spouses meet with an attorney and discuss the terms of their divorce without the burden of a court decision hanging over them. This lower-stress environment can help couples genuinely work together to come to create a divorce agreement solution that is uniquely tailored to their circumstances. This process can have several immense benefits; let’s look at five of them now.
Creativity is Encouraged
Courtroom divorce procedures are often set in stone and apply a “cookie-cutter” solution to your case that is as unique and different as you and your family are. As a result, while these processes do get the job done, the results may not be perfect which means you, your ex, and your children may be unhappy with them. Mediation allows you to be creative when coming to your solution, which creates a plan that is as unique as your circumstances. The results are often much more satisfactory and work better for your family than a court order usually does.
Going through the court system is a time-intensive process that can take months. You may have to appear before a family law judge multiple times, wait for communication between your attorney and your ex’s, deal with the numerous requests for information, and more. Mediation is done at your pace and on your schedule. You don’t have to wait for your court appointments, so you can formulate your plan quicker and more effectively. This often makes both sides happier with the results.
Time is money, and a faster solution often costs less. In addition to only needing to hire one professional (your mediator) you won’t have to pay nearly as many court fees and billable hours while going through the normal process. You can resolve your case is as many of as few mediation sessions as you need, which gives you a degree of budgetary control over your case. This can leave both you and your ex better off for the future since neither of you will have invested the sum of money you would have otherwise had to pay in a traditional divorce.
Both Spouses Retain Complete Control
A mediated divorce is a collaborative process, relying on the effort of both spouses to come to a mutually-beneficial “win-win” resolution. Court procedures often have a “win-lose” mentality that involves both spouses pleading their case and then hoping for a successful result. This means control is out of their hands and the results may not be in their best interests. Through mediation, both you and your spouse retain the ability to come to the best conclusion for both of you without the risk of a judge getting involved.
When your divorce is mediated and you and your spouse come to a resolution on your own, you have created your terms together. Not only does this foster much more positive feelings towards your agreement and make it feel as though both of you have come out better as a result, but it often means less negative emotion harbored towards your ex. In the end, both spouses end up better off and more prepared for their future when they undergo a mediated divorce as opposed to a traditional one.
At The Manely Firm, P.C., we are determined to help you and your ex find the conclusion to your divorce case that fits your family perfectly. Whether you need assistance with property division, child custody, spousal support, or any other divorce provision, our team of Georgia family law attorneys are dedicated to your success and satisfaction with your solution. Our trained and experienced mediators can work with you and your spouse throughout the process and direct your negotiations in a way that protects you and your family’s future while maintaining your happiness to the fullest possible extent.