Should You Consider Divorce Mediation Instead of Litigation?

You and your spouse have decided that it is in your and your children’s best interests for you two to separate. So far, things are amicable and you would like it to stay that way. If you need assistance negotiating a divorce, please read on, then contact an experienced Rockland County divorce process attorney to learn if you should consider divorce mediation instead of litigation.

What is divorce mediation in New York?

Mediation occurs when you and your spouse elect a neutral person, i.e. the mediator, to discuss openly the issues involved in the divorce such as custody of the children and parenting time, child support, division and distribution of the marital property, and alimony. The sessions usually last two hours. After the initial session, the couple attends 1 to 4 one-and-a-half- to two-hour sessions in which the mediator will guide them to make their own decisions on how they wish to end their marriage.

Why should you consider divorce mediation instead of litigation?

By choosing divorce mediation instead of litigation, you increase the likelihood of a peaceful divorce. Such peaceful divorces offer the following benefits:

  • Calmly discussing and deciding the terms of the divorce
  • Divorcing without setting foot in court
  • Keeping the costs of divorce as low as possible

The average cost of divorce mediation in the Empire State is between $4,000 to $8,000. That price range would include from 1 to 4 mediation sessions, the preparation of a settlement agreement and the cost to prepare and file the paperwork for a divorce. Conversely, the average cost of New York divorce litigation is about $17,100. However, it is much more complicated than that. Litigation could cost you up to $50,000 or more, especially if you have children or high net worth.

How can a Rockland County, New York family law attorney help you?

As has been illustrated, engaging the services of a divorce mediator can save you much-needed time, stress and money. If you believe that you and your spouse can part on more or less amicable terms, then you should reach out to a skilled Rockland County divorce attorney to discuss your next steps. Our firm will fully apprise you of your rights and responsibilities and guide you through every step of the process. Life is too short to be unhappy. Give us a call today.

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