Many clients going through divorce think that, if they can't reach an agreement with their spouse through negotiation, their only option is to go to court. However, this is not always the case. Mediation can provide several advantages for you and your spouse as you seek to get a divorce without using litigation. If you are seeking divorce and want to understand your options concerning mediation, our firm can help. We will answer your questions and provide diligent representation throughout the process.
While litigation is the process of a court trial, mediation is an informal process that allows both parties to reach a settlement without having to go to court. In mediation, an impartial mediator will facilitate discussions and ensure you reach a settlement regarding all important topics. These include the division of assets and property, child support and spousal maintenance payments, and custody and visitation schedules.
Mediation Provides Many Benefits. It Is:
- Less Expensive & Time Consuming
Mediation is estimated to be up to 40-60% less costly than traditional litigation. This is because you can avoid court costs and other fees associated with the litigation process. Furthermore, while litigation may take years to resolve, mediation is often concluded within a number of months. This means you can save time and money.
- Less Emotionally Traumatic
While litigation pits both parties against each other in a win-lose battle, mediation requires both parties to work together to reach a solution. This means, even if you are not on good terms with your spouse, you can at least discuss the various issues associated with your case and cooperate to seek a beneficial outcome. Furthermore, if there is animosity involved, the mediator may place you in separate rooms and act as a go-between to facilitate discussions. This allows you to avoid the stress and emotional trauma of a court trial.
- Less Restrictive
When you go to court, you rely on a judge to issue an order for the specific aspects of your divorce. This means you will receive a cookie-cutter solution that may not be the best option for your situation. However, when you use mediation, you and your spouse will be able to use creative strategies as you seek a solution that benefits you both.
- Less Public
Mediation gives you more privacy than litigation. If your case goes to trial, all the information will be available to the public. However, in mediation, you and all other parties involved will agree to keep all sessions and information confidential. This is especially helpful if there is sensitive information involved in your case.
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At Goldweber Epstein LLP, our New York City divorce attorneys have more than 30 years of combined legal experience. We will discuss your options for using mediation, and will protect your interests from beginning to end. Our firm is passionate about helping clients navigate the complex legal process, and will work diligently to provide stress-free representation.
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