Divorce is often treated as a competition. Something both parties do their best to win, with the outcome decided by a judge. But it doesn't have to be this way. Divorce doesn't need to be a struggle between you and your ex. You have options.
A divorce alternative that is gaining popularity in Connecticut is mediation. There are benefits found in mediation that don't exist in a traditional divorce. A few of these include:
As a matter of record, court hearings are usually public. This includes divorce records. With the digitization of most state and federal records, your divorce hearings will be accessible. This may not be an issue for some, but the prospect of having divorce records publicly available can make others cringe.
Mediation is a discussion between you, your ex and the mediator. There is no public record, and you don't have to worry about privacy concerns.
Everyone knows the court system can take time. That's putting it lightly. The standard divorce proceeding can drag on for months. Because mediation doesn't require a judge to oversee, the process can be much faster.
In mediation, both parties work towards the same goal. Instead of fighting over details, there is collaboration.
Traditional divorce can be an intensive and time-consuming affair. The time spent resolving your dispute quickly racks up both court and attorney fees. The process gets expensive, fast. This isn't the case with mediation.
While it is smart to have an attorney on hand, the price will typically be much less because the overall process takes less time. In addition, there aren't any court fees to deal with. Mediation offers a cost-effective alternative to standard divorce.
These are just a few of the potential benefits to using mediation over a traditional divorce. Of course, not all separations are suited to this collaborative style. It's always best to check with a skilled divorce attorney before you make any decisions.