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Why do people go through mediation during divorce?

If you are getting divorced, you are likely preparing yourself for a contentious battle. After all, this is how divorce is often portrayed in the media and how our friends and acquaintances often discuss it in conversation.

But the truth is that divorce can be less of a battle and more of a treaty discussion, thanks to dispute resolution options like mediation. Through mediation, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can work toward solutions to matters like child custody and property division together, rather than fighting against each other in court. But is mediation right for you?

There are several reasons why people opt for mediation when it comes to divorce. For instance, saving time and money can be a significant factor. As noted by the Florida courts, mediation can be much less expensive and faster than courtroom divorces.

Mediation can also give you more say in the divorce proceedings. By working with each other to find solutions to the various issues at hand, you can find a solution that you both agree on, rather than leaving it up to a judge.

Finally, mediation can minimize the contention by requiring both parties to stay focused on finding a resolution. In courtroom scenarios, one side is pitted against the other, which can only make feelings of resentment, anger and bitterness even more pronounced.

In many cases, the choice of whether to go through mediation or not is out of your hands if the court orders it. But whether you opt for mediation or it is court-ordered, you will want to be sure you know what to expect.

Discussing with your attorney the process and your goals as you head into mediation can be incredibly valuable in helping you prepare for the road ahead. There may not be anything "easy" about getting divorced, but you can make it easier on yourself by consulting an attorney and understanding the legal process, the options you have and your rights.

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