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Based on what you see in the movies or hear from your friends and colleagues, you may be under the impression that virtually all divorces involve long, contentious court battles, but in actuality, this does not have to be the case. Increasingly, many divorcing couples are finding that they can accomplish everything they need to through divorce mediation without going broke, like they may with litigated courtroom divorce.

Just what does divorce mediation entail, and how might you know if it is right for you?

The process

When you and your former partner agree to mediate your divorce, you are essentially expressing a willingness to work together to dissolve your marriage while utilizing the assistance of an unbiased third-party mediator. In other words, mediation involves the two of you agreeing to work together, at least to some degree, to sort through your affairs and figure out what each party needs to start life on his or her own. If you and your ex do decide to mediate your divorce, it may offer you the following benefits.

  1. It is cheaper

For many couples going their separate ways, the affordability that comes with a mediated divorce is one of its main benefits. Because you are not each paying for your own attorney, you can save substantial money by opting for divorce mediation.

  1. It is easier for kids

Children that you and your ex share may also benefit from your decision to undergo mediation. Instead of having to watch their parents fight, children can, instead, watch their parents continue to work together for the greater good of the family, even after they decide to end their romantic involvement.

  1. It gives you more control

If you have concerns about the details of your divorce becoming public, know that opting for mediation may give you more privacy. Doing so can also help preserve whatever remains on the relationship between you and your one-time partner.

Unless the relationship between you and your ex is especially acrimonious or contentious, consider whether mediation may suit your family’s needs.