These days, more and more people are opting for mediation instead of litigation. According to CBS news, a lot of couples want to keep their breakup civil. In the past, nasty courtroom battles turned into a sort of winner-take-all mentality, but a new movement called “mediation and collaborative law” makes it possible for both parties to win, and lessens the emotional and financial drain on the whole family. Here’s how it works:
Couples meet with a mediator, not separate lawyers, to reach an agreement on custody and money issues. They’re more likely to do this when they don’t have aggressive attorneys giving them biased advice. Instead, they’ve got a third party who’s objective, and has the whole family’s best interests in mind. A good mediator can interpret each person’s needs and feelings and work with them. With mediation, you don’t forfeit your right to go to court. So you can give it a try and if it doesn’t work out - you can always go back to the traditional, expensive solution. If you want to save a lot of time and money, and protect your kids as much as possible, this gentler path to divorce is probably your best bet. For more information, check out Mediate.com.