If you are going to get a divorce, it is important to consider your options. Jumping into litigation is not always the answer. Alabama, like many other states, provides alternatives to court. When a couple can work out their differences and come to an agreement, most couples are happier with the results. One way to accomplish this is through mediation.
What exactly is mediation and how does it work?
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution. Divorce mediation brings parties together to resolve all marital issues and bring an agreement to court, used to get a divorce if the couple chooses. With the help of a mediator facilitating the negotiation process, couples will address all unresolved issues. The meetings will focus on respect and motivate the couple through a common goal. This process is often successful because couples can see clearly the financial and emotional impact of litigation and choose to avoid it. Because the process if voluntary, parties are more open to doing what it takes to make it work.
How long does mediation take?
For many, mediation takes less time than waiting for the divorce to be finalized. While we cannot say how long exactly the process takes, people can resolve their marital issues and develop an agreement within a short period of time compared to litigation. Some can wrap the process up in a few months while some need longer.
What are the benefits to mediation?
The most notable benefit to mediation is the money and time saved. Litigation is costly. With two attorneys and court costs, a litigated divorce can have a serious impact and last quite a long time. In addition, some of the other benefits to mediation include the mitigated emotional toll on the family, the possibility of an amicable conclusion, the privacy of the process in comparison with court, and the control the couple retains over their future.
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If you are getting divorced and believe that mediation is right for you, contact our firm to discuss your options.