What is Divorce Mediation?
Although divorce can be a hotly contested dispute that results in court litigation, couples who are able to settle divorce issues in an amicable and respectful manner can do so through divorce mediation. A mediated divorce is led by a neutral third party, known as the mediator, who helps each spouse resolve any disagreements they have on any divorce matter (e.g. alimony, child custody, child support, property division, etc.) in order to reach a mutual agreement.
Here are several benefits of divorce mediation compared to court litigation:
- Faster process – Mediation offers flexible scheduling that allows sessions to be held whenever and wherever the couples are free to meet, whether it’s in the mediator’s office or at the family home. Divorce through mediation typically lasts several weeks to a few months. On the other hand, divorce through court litigation can take many months or even years to finalize since both parties—and their attorneys—must adhere to the busy court schedule.
- Cheaper – Since mediation can lead to a divorce agreement in less time compared to a litigated divorce, these cases are often less expensive compared to divorce litigation.
- More control – Instead of allowing a judge to determine a winner and a loser, mediation enables couples to determine a mutual solution to their issues, resulting in an agreement where both parties win.
- Private – Each session with the mediator is confidential. By contrast, court records are available to the public.
- Better for children – Divorce can be extremely tough on the kids, which is why a heated court dispute can make matters worse. Since mediation enables divorcing parents to work together to resolve their differences, doing so may help them successful co-parent their children once the divorce is final.
Remember divorce mediation is not for everyone. If you suspect your spouse is hiding assets or you are a victim of domestic violence, you must finalize your divorce through the court system.
If you are interested in filing for divorce in Fort Worth, contact The Clark Law Firm today at (817) 435-4970 for a free consultation.