Divorce is a hard and emotionally taxing process. While it impacts the emotional well-being of both parties involved, it may also impact that of any children involved, and it also has an effect on each party’s finances.
In Washington, couples facing divorce have the option of mediation. Mediation is a cooperative approach that offers benefits for all parties involved.
Mediation encourages open communication and cooperation between spouses. By working together to reach mutually agreeable solutions, couples can preserve amicable relationships. This is especially important when they share children. Maintaining a positive co-parenting dynamic can lead to healthier outcomes for the children and reduce the emotional toll on everyone.
Forbes reports that most litigated divorces are expensive, costing somewhere between about $15,000 and $20,000 to finalize. Mediation typically costs much less than a litigated divorce. By avoiding courtroom battles and associated legal fees, couples can save substantial amounts of money. This cost-effectiveness allows for the allocation of resources to more essential aspects of life, such as child support or creating a stable post-divorce environment.
Mediation often results in a quicker resolution compared to a traditional divorce proceeding. Mediation allows couples to set their own pace and schedule, expediting the process and reducing stress.
Mediation proceedings are confidential, meaning that discussions and negotiations do not become part of the public record. This confidentiality can help protect sensitive information and maintain privacy during a challenging time. In contrast, court proceedings are public and can expose personal details to a wider audience.
Choosing mediation can help couples navigate the divorce process more smoothly, leading to a more positive and constructive transition to post-divorce life.