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Is Mediation Really Better Than Litigation?


Is Mediation Really Better Than Litigation?

Most couples struggle with their divorces. Aside from the emotional turmoil such a dissolution can cause, they may face additional problems when it comes to dividing their assets, planning for their children, or creating an agreement that leaves them both feeling positive about what lies ahead. No matter how contentious your divorce proceedings may seem, mediation can offer a lot of benefits that litigation cannot.

We know that not every couple will benefit from mediation, but for many, it is certainly worth attempting. Mediation can help you and your soon-to-be-former spouse reach an agreement that is customized for your needs – an option not offered by the court. It can also help you come to terms with what is truly bothering you, and help you find common ground for moving forward. In some cases, couples who attend mediation services may decide they don’t want to get divorced after all, and end up working with a marriage counselor instead.

As you can see, there is no set outcome when it comes to mediation, because every client is different. Some clients will need to litigate when they cannot overcome their differences, but for others, mediation offers a more effective resolution of their problems, and leaves them feeling both satisfied and optimistic about what comes next.

The benefits of divorce mediation

Divorce mediation does offer a few benefits that typical litigation does not. Generally speaking, mediation is:

  • Less expensive than litigation

  • Less time-consuming than litigation

  • Customized to your exact goals when it comes to asset division, child custody, and alimony

  • Confidential, as opposed to court hearings which are generally public

  • Less acrimonious, especially for high-conflict divorces

  • Better for your children

The reason why our divorce mediation services can make the overall process of getting divorced easier is because it requires both parties to be present for every session. By having both of you present, we can have an honest, open conversation about what your needs, goals and fears are in a safe and confidential environment. When we know what it is that both of you really want, then we can work with you to create an agreement that addresses those needs.

Another benefit to working with our divorce mediators is that we bring different perspectives to the table. Divorce Mediation Associates, Ltd. was founded by an attorney and a mental health professional. We will work with outside experts, like financial planners or advisors, when such a need arises. In this way, we can ensure that all of your needs are met, and that all of your goals are considered and reviewed in the construction of your agreement.

Families throughout Northern Virginia can benefit from divorce mediation in a number of ways. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a consultation in our Reston office, please call Divorce Mediation Associates, Ltd. at 703-665-7592, or fill out our contact form.