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Five benefits of mediation in family law matters

If you are going through a divorce or another family law matter you might be worried about the emotional and financial toll that it could have. As you have probably heard, family law tends to involve contentious and expensive disputes.

But yours doesn’t have to be that way.

Alternative dispute resolution methods like mediation offer families the opportunity to settle their conflicts outside of the courtroom, which can mean less heartache for everyone involved as well as less stress on the pocketbook.

Mediation is a very common process that involves the parties (and possibly their attorneys) meeting with a third-party neutral mediator who facilitates their negotiations. Mediation can be used to settle every issue to a family law case or just certain issues.

There are many benefits to choosing mediation over the traditional courtroom battle, including:

1. Mediation is often less expensive.

It can be very costly to prepare a case for trial, and even more expensive to pay your lawyer to represent you in court. Choosing mediation is a way to help keep the costs of a family law matter down.

2. Mediation often allows the dispute to be settled faster.

Typically, parties to a family law matter must go along with the court’s schedule, and it can take months or even years before a trial eventually happens. It is possible to settle the matter much more quickly and on your own schedule with mediation.

3. Mediation is often less stressful for everyone involved.

Going to court is stressful, no matter who you are. Litigation often spirals out of control because both sides are focusing on winning instead of reaching a positive outcome. On the other hand, the mediation process fosters mutual respect and cooperation.

4. Mediation gives the parties control of their future.

When a family law matter goes to trial, the judge has complete control over the outcome even though he or she barely knows the parties or their situation. With mediation, the parties remain in control of the outcome.

5. Mediation is a confidential way of settling disputes.

When a family law case is litigated, it is typically open to the public. That means the public may be able to access private or embarrassing aspects of the parties’ lives. With mediation, the settlement agreement can be kept confidential.

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