Why should a couple getting a divorce consider mediation?
First off, you don’t need to mediate your case if you already have an agreement. In that case, you should hire an attorney to make sure the papers are prepared correctly and to quickly guide your case through the court system.
If you don’t already have an agreement, you can benefit from mediation in three ways.
The first benefit is lower cost. A successful mediation costs far less than litigation. While the cost of both mediation and litigation are based on hourly rates, a mediation takes far less time than a litigated case.
The second benefit is time. A successful mediation will end your case almost immediately. A litigated case can take will over a year and involve many hearings, the production of documents, and perhaps a deposition.
The third benefit of mediation is the agreement itself. At a mediation you can use much more creative solutions to create your Final Judgment. You will be able to spend the time that a judge can’t spend and come up with an agreement that has advantages for both sides.