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3 major benefits of mediating your divorce case

No one wants to go through a divorce, and it's stressful to have to negotiate when you and your spouse aren't on good terms. There are multiple ways to resolve your issues, but one you need to consider is mediation.

Mediation isn't right for everyone, but if you can agree to negotiate for a better outcome than you'd get at trial, it's something to consider. Mediation isn't usually binding, but it can help you get the ball rolling. Here are some things to know about divorce mediation.

1. You learn to work through disputes now and in the future

One of the most significant benefits of mediation is that you learn how to negotiate and discuss issues with your spouse. This may not matter much if you don't have children or ongoing connections following your divorce, but if you do need to keep working together in the future, it does. You need to be able to resolve disagreements without returning to court each time. Mediation saves you time and money, but most importantly, it helps you resolve tension in your life.

2. Mediation costs less than going to court (in most cases)

One huge benefit of mediation is that it cuts costs. Having your attorney negotiate on your behalf, spending time in hearings and having to go to court all cost you money. Your attorney has to represent you each time and put in time negotiating back and forth. If you and your spouse can sit down with a mediator, you can cut that time down by working out your problems together. Yes, you will still pay a mediator, and there are costs involved, but the likelihood is that they will be fewer than if you'd gone to trial. Mediation generally costs between $5,000 to $9,000, while a trial could cost thousands or even tens of thousands depending on the time spent in court.

3. Mediation reduces the time you spend on your case

When there is someone to work as a referee to your disputes, you and your spouse are less likely to get off-track. The benefit of this is that you spend less time arguing and more time negotiating. So long as you are both willing to work together civilly toward resolution, mediation can help you work through your issues. The goal is to reach accord and find resolutions to disputes that satisfy both parties.

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