Benefits of Divorce Mediation
What is the difference between mediation and a regular divorce?
At Wisselman & Associates, our Long Island divorce attorneys frequently meet with new clients who are unfamiliar and overwhelmed by the divorce process. In many cases, they are unaware that there are alternative options to standard divorce proceedings and litigation. These options can include divorce mediation, collaborative law, and divorce settlement. These are options you can consider as you navigate the legal pathways toward finalizing your divorce.
Because mediation is a process in which two spouses amicably negotiate the terms of divorce and other family law matters – such as support, child custody, and property division – it can provide some unique benefits. These may include:
When compared to divorce litigation, mediation can save you significantly on expenses as well as the emotional toll. This is primarily because mediation does not involve two opposing lawyers "battling" for either side. Instead, it involves a mediator, often an attorney, who acts as a neutral third party and helps spouses come to agreements and compromise. The goal of mediation is to finalize a divorce as swiftly and smoothly as possible, and when two spouses are able to arrive at amicable resolutions, they can save themselves expenses and move on with their lives.
Divorce litigation can become lengthy and potentially last years. This is especially true when spouses have disputes over the division of property, custody or visitation rights, and spousal support. When divorce issues can be smoothly resolved with the help of a mediator, considerable time can be saved. Of course, this may simply not be an option for everyone.
More Control Over One's Own Arrangements
In typical divorce proceedings where spouses cannot agree with one another, a family law judge will be entrusted to make the ultimate decision about how family issues will be handled. Of course, leaving it to a judge involves a large degree of uncertainty. If two parties are able to agree on terms that they can both be satisfied with, they can avoid the potential for outcomes that they do not want – decisions made by a third party that can impact them for years to come.
In addition to saving time and costs and providing more control over future arrangements, mediation generally requires a more simplified financial disclosure process than a litigated divorce. Each party will also have the opportunity to have their own separate "review attorney" look everything over and ensure that the arrangements are in their interests.
Find a Favorable Solution with Our Long Island Mediation Lawyers
Although mediation can provide certain benefits to parties seeking a divorce, it is important to remember that each divorce is different. Relationships and individuals are unique, and the specific circumstances of your case – as well as your goals and strategy – will largely dictate which process is best for you. If you would like to learn more about the ways in which divorce mediation may benefit you – of if you would like to learn how other methods may benefit you – reach out to a Long Island divorce lawyer from our firm. We offer free case evaluations and serve clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk, Queens Counties, and the surrounding New York Metro area.