What is Legal Mediation and Should You Try It?

Why You Should Try Legal Mediation First 

Divorces can be messy, complicated, and expensive. Legal mediation may be a way to lessen the unpleasantness of the procedure. In this article, we will look at legal mediation and whether it is the best choice for your situation.

What is Legal Mediation?

legal mediationLegal mediation is essentially when both parties agree to discuss and compromise regarding the issues surrounding the divorce, with the help of a mediator. The mediator acts almost like a referee by being impartial and helping to keep the discussions on point and calm. Mediators are trained in conflict resolution and family law, and can really help give advice to both sides while remaining compassionate yet unbiased.  

There are many benefits to legal mediation, which we will look at below.

What Are the Benefits of Mediation?

Less Expensive

Legal mediation is a much less expensive option for divorce.  Divorce lawyers typically charge about 300$ an hour, and this cost can grow quickly even with an amicable divorce.  With mediation, both parties can pay an equal portion (or whatever agreement is decided on), and save a lot of money.  

Some mediators can even offer online Skype meetings, which can save even more money and time, since you will not have to rent a room or pay travelling expenses.

More Co-operative

Mediation is by nature a cooperative endeavour, which can lead to real resolution and understanding. Most people walking away from mediation feel as though they had control and input over the decisions, which ensures there is no (or at least limited) resentment. 

This is also an opportunity to really understand the other side of the divorce. It is easy to see your side of the story, but switching narratives, especially when resentful, can be difficult. Legal mediation can be a safe place to discuss what went wrong with the relationship, and how you hope to work together in the future. This is especially important if you have children.

Confidentiality

Mediation is much more confidential than court proceedings. Court documents are a matter of public record, and are viewable by anyone looking for them. This can include family members, employers, and even your own children. Mediation is a way to keep the details of your divorce and decisions between you and your ex to be.

Having mediation away from a court house also provides another level of confidentiality, as there will not be any chance of someone seeing you at the courthouse.

Conclusion

Legal mediation is an option for couples who are willing to work together and compromise.  This is not always an option for everyone, and in those cases you should definitely seek the advice of a divorce and custody lawyer in your area.