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Why is it best to pursue divorce mediation over litigation?

On Behalf of | Jul 3, 2019 | Divorce Mediation |

Couples that are in the process of getting divorced often fight about their property and kids. It’s no wonder that these two topics seem to be the most litigated as well.

Fighting things out in a courtroom isn’t the only way to reach an agreement with your ex about these matters though. There’s also mediation. If you and your ex have lingering issues that you can’t agree on, then you may wonder if you can resolve them through litigation or mediation.

If there’s one thing that you need to know about litigation, it’s that it often takes a long time to resolve cases via that approach. Fort Myers family law judges only have a certain amount of time available for hearings on their schedules. They have a lot of cases that come before them. Sessions are often scheduled weeks — if not months — apart from each other. This means that it can take a long time to get a resolution in your case.

Mediation involves you and your ex sitting down alone at the table with a neutral third-party. The mediator’s sole responsibility is to help guide the two of you toward a compromise on outstanding matters. Going through this process can result in improved communication between you. When you as parents argue, even if it doesn’t happen in front of your children, it can affect their development. Mediation can minimize the risk of this happening.

Another great benefit associated with mediating divorce, and more specifically child custody disputes, is that it’s often less costly than litigating to do so. Sessions that you schedule with your mediator often last longer than the time you spend with a judge.

Litigation has many formalities that have to be followed that mediation doesn’t. This allows much more ground to be covered in a single session in front of a mediator. This results in lower costs and quicker resolutions in some of the most complex cases.

Many couples try but are unsuccessful in reaching a resolution among themselves. If you’re ready for a change, then an attorney can advise you how pursuing this conflict resolution approach may work in your Florida case.


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