It seems that everything is getting more expensive these days, and divorce is no exception. Luckily, mediation can be a good way to save money during the divorce process. Here are some simple ways mediation can help:
- No “Surprise” Billing. Most work is done in the mediation room and it is easy to keep track of what the divorce settlement process is actually costing. Mediators don’t nickel and dime their clients to death.
- One Mediator, Not Two Attorneys. When both parties have their own attorney, the $300-$500 per hour fees rack up quickly, especially when multiplied by two attorneys (as opposed to only one mediator at an often lower hourly fee).
- Get to the Point. Mediation is less strategically oriented than litigation. This allows clients to address their and their children’s real needs faster and with a focus on mutual agreement versus winning the fight.
- Sensible Information Gathering Process. There is no formal “discovery” in mediation. Discovery is the court-supervised and procedurally complex method that attorneys use to gather information in a divorce case. Keeping the information gathering process to its essential elements saves clients thousands of dollars that they will need to run two households where there once was only one.
- Focus on Present and Future, Not Past. The focus in mediation is on helping the parties to find common ground and mutual agreement that will allow them to start their and their children’s new lives in as good a position as possible considering the circumstances. Past behaviors and transgressions are usually minimized, unless they directly impact the present or future. This is the opposite of litigation, where past wrongs and transgressions are often the focus of the fight itself.
Posted by Robin Graine, JD, Virginia Supreme Court Certified Mediator
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