What are the benefits of choosing mediation over litigation in a divorce?

When many people think of divorce, custody battles, endless legal filings, and costly court proceedings come to mind. The whole divorce process can seem more daunting, and perhaps even more painful, than the emotional aspects of a marriage’s dissolution.

But what if there was another way? Another, more humane, more gentle, less expensive way to handle the dissolution of a marriage?

There is: mediation.

Not every divorce has to be a highly contested litigious “War of the Roses” situation. Mediation is typically less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial, and it usually proceeds much faster. Because you and your spouse have the final say over how you resolve the issues (division of assets, debt allocation, parenting and custody plans, child support, spousal support, college contribution and other related matters) mediation allows couples to maintain control over their lives rather than asking a judge (who is a complete stranger) to decide the most important matters in your lives.

By meeting with a divorce mediator, such as experienced family law attorney Eric Schutzbank, couples can work out the terms of their divorce face-to-face. The mediation process can save divorcing couples time, money, and heartache.

Once an agreement is reached by both parties, an attorney can help with filing a petition for divorce with the courts. The court will then review the agreement signed by the divorcing parties. Once approved by the court, the divorce will be final 120 days later in Massachusetts and immediately in New Hampshire. The whole process from petition to approval of the agreement could be only a month, as opposed to a legal battle last over a year.

If you believe that divorce mediation is right for you, call Berid & Schutzbank, LLC today to arrange an initial Mediation Session.

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