Going through a divorce is a traumatic experience. It can be even more difficult when the two spouses are unable to come to an agreement and the conflict drags into a long court battle that is costly and stressful.
The good news is that not all divorces have to be this way. Mediation is a viable option for many couples facing divorce.
The costs of a litigated divorce
For many couples who are unable to come to any sort of compromise or agreement about their post-divorce futures, long legal battles are financially devastating. The costs of a litigious divorce pile up unbelievably quickly, and the desire to win at all costs can drive some spouses to spend far beyond their means to continue a protracted conflict in the courts.
Every divorce is individual, and it is impossible to pinpoint the exact cost of a divorce in general. However, one average estimates the cost of a divorce that goes to trial as ranging from $78,000 to $200,000 per couple. Clearly, this is an exorbitant amount for many families and the cost could easily jeopardize the financial future of one or both partners, not to mention the financial impact on children.
Mediation as an alternative
Mediation can be a cost-effective and collaborative solution for many divorcing couples. There are several benefits beyond cost savings to a mediated divorce. Couples have more control over decision-making that regards their respective futures, and the future of their children, if they are parents. Mediating a divorce can also lower the overall stress and conflict level, which in turn lowers the level of emotional trauma overall.
For those who are facing a divorce, it can be a productive step to examine how mediation may work in their situation. A simple consultation can provide the information that may make an enormous positive difference in the entire procedure for the entire family.