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Why Would I Want to Avoid Litigation During My Divorce?

For many couples, getting a divorce doesn’t need to be a highly contested and difficult process. If you and your spouse have an amicable relationship and are looking to end your marriage in a civil manner, litigation may not be the best possible solution. In some cases, litigation can create more problems, not solve them.

Why Litigation May Not Be Right for You

Litigation involves taking your divorce to family court in order to resolve issues that can’t be agreed on by both parties. While litigation may be right for some couples, it’s not always the best option. Below are some of the reasons why you may want to avoid litigation in favor of other methods, like mediation:

Litigation can be emotionally taxing.

When you go to court, you’ll likely have to bring up many issues and indiscretions from the past and it can be tough for some people to relive these difficult moments over and over again. Especially if litigation lasts longer than you expected, it’s not uncommon for people to feel overwhelmed and saddened by the process.

The process may negatively affect your children.

Children see a lot more than we realize. Even if your children are not in the room when you’re talking to your lawyer or spouse, litigation can still have an impact on them. Because the process is often stressful and lengthy, parents tend to be distracted or irritable during day-to-day life. And if your children are older, they may feel pressured to take sides.

It tends to be more expensive.

Litigation is often more expensive than other divorce methods because it usually lasts longer and requires more resources, like court hearings and attorney fees.

Mediation — A Practical Approach

Contrary to popular belief, divorces don’t have to be a “battle.” Mediation allows couples the chance to discuss their wants and needs while resolving minor disputes. A third-party mediator will help both parties come to an agreement that works best for their situation.

Call Peak Mediation at (719) 259-5944 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a mediator in Colorado Springs.