Top 5 Benefits of Mediation
Mediation, also known as a collaborative divorce, can be highly beneficial for families who are going through the divorce process. While litigation may be necessary in some cases, mediation may be able to resolve many, if not all, of the issues presented in your separation. Mediation allows you to skip going to court altogether. Here are the top 5 benefits of mediation.
1. Children Often Fare Better With Mediation
Although divorce is hard on children no matter what, litigation tends to be particularly difficult for them. Through mediation, you and your ex-spouse can come to agreements regarding child custody and visitation arrangements without the need for a judge.
2. Mediation is Less Costly
Litigation is time consuming and costs significantly more than mediation. If you and your ex-spouse are able to go through the mediation process, the divorce may be able to be completed quickly and for a lot less money than a traditional litigious divorce.
3. Mediation Is Less Stressful for You and Your Ex-Spouse
Divorce is stressful, no matter which way you look at it. However, going through the process of mediation, where you can calmly discuss the matters at hand with a neutral third party in a comfortable environment that is convenient for you, is one of the best ways to “de-stress” a divorce.
4. Mediation Is Legally Binding
You don’t have to go to court just to get a legally binding agreement. Once you and your ex-spouse have come to an agreement on all matters in your divorce, your mediator will file documents with the State of California to make everything decided upon in your mediation legally binding.
5. You Can Still Have Your Attorney Represent You
It is never recommended to go through a divorce — regardless of whether you are going through mediation or traditional litigation — without adequate legal representation. Going through mediation doesn’t mean you give up your rights to have a lawyer. In fact, your lawyer works with you during the mediation process to ensure that your rights are protected and your best interests are being advocated for.
At the Law Office of Barbara E. McNamara, we are committed to making the divorce process as easy as possible for you and your family. Mediation may be a part of that. Contact us today to learn more about how mediation can help speed up and “de-stress” your divorce, and to determine if it’s the right choice for you. Call now at (714) 740-2542.
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