Mediation is a method of resolving conflict with the help of a neutral facilitator. The goal of A SMARTER DIVORCE mediation is to aid the parties in resolving all of their disputes themselves without the need for costly litigation. A SMARTER DIVORCE mediation addresses all parenting and financial issues in a non-adversarial setting. Mediation allows you to keep control of the process and develop solutions to your situation that are unique and best for you. Mediation can also help you establish a framework for addressing future disputes which arise during child-rearing years.
Mediation or Litigation?
|You control the process and make decisions about your future.||Judges and attorneys control the process and make decisions and rulings about your future.|
|You control the speed and length of the process. At A SMARTER DIVORCE MEDIATION SERVICES the process often is completed in 2-4 sessions (sessions are typically 2 hours each)||A contested divorce often lasts for 18 months or longer. The speed and length of a case is determined by the Court and the attorneys.|
|Communication is direct and civil between the parties, with the aid of the mediator.||Communication is only through attorneys.|
|Parents make decisions regarding the best interests of their children.||Courts and hired "evaluators" decide the future of the children.|
|Personal and financial issues are kept confidential.||Records are public as are court proceedings.|
|The costs of an average mediation with A SMARTER DIVORCE MEDIATION SERVICES is usually $2500-$4500.||A litigated case could cost each party upwards of $50,000 depending on how many contested issues exist.|
|Mediation is voluntary and all issues are resolved through mutual agreement.||All issues are decided by a Judge.|
|Parties who mediate their initial divorce acquire tools to resolve future disputes themselves.||Parties who litigate their initial divorce are more likely to wind up in court repeatedly to litigate future disputes.|