One of the last things divorcing spouses may want to do once they have filed for divorce is to sit in a room and make very difficult decisions together. However, as upsetting as this might seem, working together in a neutral or collaborative setting could make this process a little easier.
While every case is different, there are many benefits to resolving divorce-related matters through alternative dispute resolutions methods, including mediation and collaborative law. We examine four of these benefits below.
- It can shield your kids from ugly courtroom battles. Even though your kids likely will not be in a courtroom during a divorce, they can still be affected by what goes on during litigation. They might hear parents discussing the details with a friend or see how upset Mom or Dad is afterward. And because litigation pits one parent against the other, there can be heightened anxiety, anger and contention between parents.
- It gives you more control. No one knows your situation better than you do, so it makes sense that you are in the best position to make decisions on issues like child custody and property division. This gives you more control instead of leaving such decisions in the hands of a judge.
- It can minimize legal expenses. ADR options are typically faster and less expensive than litigation. You are not restricted by court schedules, and you can avoid additional costs like court fees.
- It prioritizes peaceful solutions. Working together may be difficult and uncomfortable, but in the long run, parties can find that they feel better about reaching decisions together and as amicably as possible. These solutions can also preserve whatever positive connection may still exist, which can be especially important when parties will continue to be in each other’s lives through co-parenting agreements.
For these and many other reasons, mediation and collaborative law can be preferable to litigation. Again, though, every case is different. Sometimes litigation is necessary or unavoidable.
If you have any specific questions or concerns about alternative dispute resolution, you would be wise to discuss them with the attorneys at Purdy Law Office,LLC, who are trained in mediation and collaborative law, and who can help you understand the process and advise you of your options and legal rights.