Understanding The Benefits Of Mediation And ADR When Going Through Divorce
Maybe you have heard about mediation and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods. Although most folks initially think about the adversarial aspects of divorce, the fact is that mediation and ADR allow divorcing spouses in Virginia to alleviate stress and save time and usually a great deal of money.
Whether You’ve Been Married Days Or Decades, Mediation May Be The Solution
At Dannenbaum Law Firm, PLLC, I look to help my clients in Arlington and throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area explore all their options when pursuing a divorce. This means considering the possibility of mediation. Although each case presents its own idiosyncrasies and challenges, the following are just a few of the benefits that often come with resolving disputes via mediation:
- Keep costs to a minimum: By sitting down with your spouse and talking through your divorce agreement, you can avoid going to court and driving up costs. Litigation takes time, and time costs money in the form of attorney fees and disruption in your personal and professional life.
- Move through the process quickly: Time is money, and when it comes to divorce, any opportunity to avoid the drawn-out litigation process is worth exploring. In mediation, you and your spouse set the schedule, move at your own pace and reach amicable agreements in a timely manner. Again, by saving time, you’re saving money.
- Stay in control: Litigation means putting your case in the hands of a judge. By pursuing mediation, you and your spouse maintain control. You can make decisions regarding child custody and property division that actually work for both of you rather than hoping the judge rules in your favor.
- Mitigate stress: Everyone knows that going through a divorce is an incredibly stressful undertaking. Mediation and other forms of ADR allow you to sit down with your spouse and your lawyers, talk through your issues and avoid the adversarial nature of going to trial. Although it’s not easy to quantify, for most, avoiding much of the stress that comes with a divorce is a priceless benefit of mediation.
When you reach out to me, we can discuss your options, including negotiation, mediation, collaborative law, arbitration and, of course, litigation.
With more than 25 years of experience and having handled thousands of divorce cases, I am confident that I can help you find the best possible solution to your divorce.