Unfortunately, not all relationships last and the divorce rate in the United States is high. In the state of Arizona, the legal term for a divorce is “marriage dissolution.” If you and your spouse decide your relationship cannot be salvaged, you may want to get a divorce. During the process, you must make choices regarding alimony, child custody and child support, visitation and division of property and debt. If you and your ex choose to avoid litigation, it can save you a great deal of time, money and heartache. Mediation has its advantages, so if you choose to go this route for your divorce, it’s important to know what to expect.
Divorce mediation allows you and your ex to determine the schedule. You can discuss specific issues at certain times, which makes your divorce easier than going through the court system. It also takes far less time.
Gives You More Control
With mediation, you are generally more in control because you are directly involved in the decision-making process. You can work with your soon to be ex-spouse about your issues and even try some things out before signing the divorce decree. When you appear in divorce court, on the other hand, the judge makes the ruling, which means the outcomes of all issues can be unpredictable.
More Time for Deliberation
If you go to court for your divorce, the judge has to stick to a strict schedule, which means you can often run into a shorter amount of time during the case. Sometimes, you may get only one or two minutes to testify in divorce court and the judge may take as little as five minutes to decide. However, with mediation, you have a lot more time to decide how much time to spend on each issue involved in your divorce.
Much Cheaper Option
Disputes between you and your former spouse and scheduling problems with the court are two issues that can cause a divorce to be very expensive. When you rely on divorce mediation, you have a lot more control over the cost and can generally save a good one-tenth to one-third of the cost of a typical divorce case that goes through the court system.
Mediation for a divorce is confidential. On the other hand, if you go through the court for your divorce, that is made into public records, which can be a problem depending on the circumstances. With divorce mediation, anything you agree upon staying confidential will remain that way. Confidentiality can only be waived when there is consent from both spouses.
Mediation is growing increasingly popular as a means for getting a divorce. This is because it tends to have better success rates than going through the court system. The American Arbitration Association has determined that settlements are reached in mediation more than 85 percent of the time. If you are curious about mediation for your Phoenix divorce, click here to read more.
It’s important to have all the right tools at your disposal when going through a divorce. You will also want a skilled divorce mediator to help you. Contact the Law Office of Ronald Saper at your earliest convenience.