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What are the benefits of divorce mediation?

Whether you have already filed for divorce or you are in the beginning stages of terminating your marriage, it is important to know all of your options. Divorce mediation has quickly become a popular alternative to litigation for many couples who wish to settle the terms of their divorce out of court. Although this form of divorce is not ideal for every case, it may be advantageous for some people who are filing for divorce in New York.

One benefit of engaging in divorce mediation is that it can be more affordable than litigation, according to the American Bar Association. Since mediation takes place out of court, there are little to no court costs and fees. While some divorces can take years to hash out in court, you may be able to settle quicker through mediation. You can schedule your mediation sessions when it is convenient for you, rather than have to wait for a set court date.

Couples who enter into the mediation process like the idea that they are able to customize the terms of their divorce settlement, and not be at the mercy of the judge who is presiding over the case. In some instances, this allows couples to create terms in the divorce settlement that are unique to their situation and that may not be available otherwise.

Furthermore, you are more likely to have a more amicable relationship with your ex-spouse after going through mediation, as opposed to a heated courtroom battle. This is perfect for parents or business partners who must continue to have a relationship post-divorce.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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