11 Benefits of Divorce Mediation

11 Benefits of Divorce Mediation

11 Benefits of Family Law Mediation

Family Law Mediation brings divorcing couples and parents together to facilitate a legal resolution of their dispute without going to court.   Here are eleven benefits of mediation:

tight-money

Less Expensive

Mediation is almost always less expensive when compared to the expense of litigation and other forms of divorce and custody.  In addition, the cost of mediation is usually split between the parties, rather than each party paying separately.

quicker-resultsQuicker Results

In California, family courts are overrun.  It can take as long as a year to get a court date, and multiple years when the case is appealed.  Mediation doesn’t rely on the court trial system to achieve divorce or custody orders.  In fact, you probably won’t even have to go to a courthouse.  So mediation is beneficial if the parties want to move on with their lives quicker.

satisfactionSatisfaction

Divorcing couples and parents are more satisfied with solutions that they both have agreed to, as opposed to solutions that are imposed by a judge.  Nobody gets everything they want, but coming to an agreement gets everyone more of what they want and is much more satisfying than having one imposed on you.

follow-throughHigh Rate of Follow Through

Divorcing couples and parents are more likely to adhere and follow through with a mediated agreement than an order imposed by a third party.

customizableHighly Customizable

Mediated agreements are able to address both legal and extra-legal issues. Mediated agreements can include functions and psychological issues that the legal system is not designed to address. Divorcing couples and parents can adapt the agreement for their particular situation.

predictableControl and Predictability

Parties who negotiate their own agreements have more control over the outcome of their dispute. Gains, losses, and divisions are more predictable than if the case was decided by a judge relying on information from adversarial attorneys at trial.

empowermentPersonal Empowerment

Divorcing couples and parents who are able to come to an agreement often feel more power and control over their case than those who use lawyers to represent them. Mediation can also provide a healthy environment for safely expressing goals and frustrations.

amicableMaintains an Amicable Relationship

Divorcing couples, especially when children are part of the relationship, will need to have some sort of relationship in the future.  Mediation often preserves a working relationship in ways that would not be possible in a win/lose decision.  Mediation can also make the termination of a relationship more amicable.

understandableUnderstandable to the Parties

Divorcing couples and parents who mediate their differences are able to develop the fine details of implementation themselves.  Their agreements can include specially tailored procedures for how the decisions will be carried out.  Because the parties themselves worked through the process of development, they will have a greater understanding of how the agreement is supposed to work in real life.

durableDurability

Mediated agreements tend to hold up over time.  And if disputes do happen to arise later, the parties will be more likely to cooperate in problem-solving rather than pursue an adversarial method.

tax-benefitsTax Benefits

Mediation allows the participants to create their own agreements.  Working together, a divorcing couple and parents can create an agreement that would allow the greatest amount of tax benefits for each party.  For instance, the manner of dividing debt, income, parenting, and the primary residence all have tax implications.  A well-crafted agreement can give tax benefits to both parties.