Many couples going through divorce attempt to first negotiate their divorce settlement with mediation rather than litigation. Not only is divorce mediation less expensive than going to court, it is also often faster, sometimes less contentious, and still enables you to have a lawyer represent you. Moreover, it also puts you in control of your divorce, rather than asking a judge to decide.
What is Divorce Mediation?
During mediation, a neutral third party helps facilitate the divorce process and guides you through resolving the many questions and decisions that you and your spouse will have to make prior to finalizing the divorce. Mediation is often successful in instances where couples are willing to communicate openly and make reasonable compromises.
Yet while mediation works for many couples, it is certainly not for everyone.
When Mediation No Longer Works for You
If you’ve tried mediation – and even if you haven’t – there are certain instances when the only option for finalizing the divorce is heading to court. For victims of domestic violence or sexual assault, those who face power imbalances within their relationship, or those who are not able to effectively advocate for themselves, litigation may be the only path to pursue.
Divorce involves the untangling of finances, assets and liabilities, and, for couples with children, deciding on custody and the terms of the shared parenting plan. Spousal support and child support needs must also be considered. Needless to say, even couples who are open and willing to compromise may run into serious conflicts along the way that only the courts can resolve.
At the Vasquez de Lara Law Group, we understand how difficult it is to go through a divorce, and we’re here to guide you through your options – be that mediation or litigation. To us, you’re family and we want to ensure that you are treated fairly throughout the process. If you have questions about family law or need advice from us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch any time.