It is natural to have questions when going through divorce. The entire process can seem overwhelming during an already difficult time in your life. Having a basic understanding of how the process works can help you feel like you have more control over what is happening.
One of the first questions to ask when it comes to the legal side of divorce is which option is right for you: a divorce lawyer or a mediator?
Divorce lawyer: the basics.
When we think of a traditional divorce and have visions of courtroom battles, we are generally thinking of the litigation. These are situations that use a divorce lawyer. This option is beneficial to those who are going through a contentious divorce or believe that there is an imbalance in power between the two parties.
Mediation: an alternative.
Mediation is a bit different. Although relatively new compared to traditional litigation, it is important to note that mediation has been around for decades. In fact, the government conducted a research project on the effectiveness of mediation for family law cases back in the eighties and found that it is often more efficient and economical compared to traditional litigation.
Instead of heading to court, mediation involves using a third-party mediator to help guide both parties through the divorce process to a resolution. Those in favor of mediation point out that it provides both parties with more control over the process. Not only are you free from the confines of the court’s calendar, but you also get to guide the discussions that are important to the divorce process. Discussions about the division of assets and, if present, how to resolve child custody and support issues. Ultimately you use this process to develop the divorce settlement agreement instead of relying on the court.
The decision: choosing the right option for your divorce.
This is a highly personal decision and one that is best made between those going through the divorce. The information above provides guidance but it is also important to reach out to professionals to help answer any additional questions. The attorneys at Quinn Law Firm are experienced in both traditional litigation and mediation for divorce matters and can discuss how each would impact your case. Call for more information at 814-806-2518.