Going through a divorce is almost always stressful, but you can save money, time, and worry by avoiding court. This blog will go over the alternative methods to the traditional divorce process.
By far, mediation is one of the most used methods to settle a divorce without having to go through litigation. With the help of a trained mediator, spouses are encouraged to work out their differences and reach an agreement that satisfies both parties.
Mediation is almost always less demanding than a contested divorce. Along with saving couples the emotional pain of going to trial, they save on legal fees and are more likely to remain amicable afterward. Sessions typically take place in a mediator’s office, where it is more inviting, unlike a courtroom.
Divorce arbitration is yet another tool, often utilized by couples who don’t believe they’ll be able to settle their dispute but want someone to decide their issues outside of the normal court process. Consider arbitration as the middle ground between mediation and litigation: you will receive a final decision from the arbitrator, but you will also do so outside of the court system, in a more confidential and easygoing environment. Think of arbitration as a last resort knowing that the parties don’t have to submit their dispute to an unfamiliar court or judge to decide.
Arbitration has benefits over a court trial. You and your spouse get to choose the arbitrator. In court, you can’t pick your judge. Also, you can decide to relax the usual rules of evidence. Additionally, you’ll work together to set the dates, times, and duration of your arbitration sessions. Basically, you and your spouse are in control of the process.
Unlike mediation, a major drawback of arbitration is that the decision is binding and final, which is something to consider. It can also get pricey, depending on how complex your case is and the arbitrator.
Contact Peak Mediation to Get Started
At Peak Mediation, we want to give the best experience possible to those walking through our doors. We’ve created a combined process to meet the highest standards. Our Attorney-Mediator will start with the parties in the mediation format, which continues to be confidential. If any disputes or issues are left unresolved after mediation, we will convert the matter to arbitration and include a more structured presentation of each parties’ perspective. No matter which route you choose, our team is here to help you.
Call Peak Mediation at (719) 259-5944 to schedule a consultation today.