Calling a relationship quits after any amount of time can be heartbreaking and emotionally draining. With leaving a spouse, there are many decisions to be made including the division of property and assets, and configuring a mutually appeasing parenting plan as well if children are involved.
When entering this process, there are options to consider to help finalize your relationship and find a mutually appeasing agreement. Common to most is the litigated divorce procedure that includes the formalities of testifying, presenting evidence and information, hearings and of course, a judge’s ultimate and final decision.
However, there is another option for willing couples to enter if this process if undesirable and both couples are able to communicate their needs. This process is called mediation, and within it comes several advantages to litigated divorce.
If you are going through a similar situation, understanding the answers to the most common questions asked aboutdivorce mediation in Suwanee, GA may help you decide which procedure is best for you and your needs.
WHY MEDIATION OVER LITIGATION?
In mediation, the spouses have a hand in the final outcome of the divorce by working with each other to amicably divide and come to an agreement that satisfies the needs and desires of both sides of the relationship. In this setting, both spouses and their respective attorneys meet with a mediator who helps create an agreement both parties
WHAT CONTROL DO I HAVE IN MEDIATION?
Judge determines divorce in all litigated divorce proceedings. During mediation, the power is within the hands of the couple to ultimately work together to resolve their concerns with property, assets, alimony, custody, etc. A judge’s final decision is made during litigation with limited opportunity to appear or overturn the decision.
DOES MEDIATION AND LITIGATION COST THE SAME?
Most certainly no! One of the most desired benefits of mediation over litigation is that mediation costs far less than litigation. During mediation your time spent with lawyers, who you may pay hourly in addition to your retainer; is much less than spending days, months, weeks consulting, appearing in court, etc with your attorney in litigation.
HOW MUCH TIME DOES MEDIATION TAKE TO RESOLVE MY DIVORCE?
The time spent in mediation is much shorter, with some couples only spending 3-6 hours or less in preparation and process. As time and preparation are shorter, this results in a less stressful divorce process.
WILL I HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT?
No stand, no need to testify, no need for witnesses. Divorce is a court case like any other, and is very formal. In mediation, you will decide and divide out of court and present your requests to the judge once agreed upon. In litigated divorce, several court visits and consultations