Divorce Courts
  • Lengthy & time consuming
  • Judges have little time to hear the details of your divorce case, often less than 5 minutes
  • Scheduling conflicts between courts and litigants cause expensive delays
  • You may only get a minute or two to testify about your case
  • Unpredictable outcomes
  • You may have to make decisions about your divorce settlement in a split second in a crowded hallway
  • No confidentiality—all court files are public records. Soon, they will be available online
  • Costly — each hour your lawyer spends waiting, you pay, even if no progress on your case ismade
  • Stressful
  • Courts by their adversarial nature encourage combat, which is not conducive to a healthy family life after the legal divorce proceedings are over
Divorce Mediation or Custody Mediation
  • You determine the schedule and issues
  • You control the mediation cost, which is usually about 1/10 to 1/3 the cost of a typical divorce case
  • You make the decisions in mediation that you’ll be living with
  • You have the flexibility in mediation of taking time to consider how a decision will affect your family long term. You can try out agreements before you sign the final Divorce Agreement
  • Mediation is Confidential
  • You control the outcome in mediation, and because of this, agreements made in mediation typically work better than those negotiated in the courthouse hallway minutes before a divorce trial
  • You can always go to court if mediation doesn’t work
  • Cost-effective
  • Faster
  • Less stressful
  • Healthier for your and your family, since part of mediation is learning to communicate better, which is especially important when children are involved