A divorce is one of the most stressful life events that a person will ever face. Mediation can make the process faster and less expensive while also allowing you to control the outcome of your divorce case. It can even set the stage for a successful working relationship with your former spouse in the future. Even though we are not mediators, The experienced family law attorneys at Remington and Dixon have helped many clients have an easier divorce through this process. Learn more about the benefits of mediation.
1. Mediation Can Save You Time
Litigating a divorce can take months or even years. The more complex a case is, the longer it is likely to take. Longer cases often involve complex financial holdings, family businesses, extensive assets, or complicated parenting plans. It can take months to investigate these complex matters. It can take years to get them before a judge. And in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, many family courts are even more backed up than usual. These courts were closed for weeks or even months at the height of the pandemic. When courts reopened, they were only at limited capacity, and older domestic cases that were originally set during the closure had to be prioritized and rescheduled first. This prioritization means that it will take even longer to get a family law case scheduled for trial. This prioritization means that it may take longer than ever to get a divorce case scheduled for trial.
2. Mediation Can Save You Money
The litigation process is not cheap. A trial itself can cost thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees and expert witness fees, and it only takes place after months of discovery, when your attorney was on the clock for hours each week. The mediation process can save you months of attorneys’ fees, as well as the significant costs associated with obtaining admissible evidence for trial.
3. Mediation Lets You Control the Outcome of a Family Law Case
The outcome of a trial is never certain. You and your attorney might both be certain that you will win, but it is a judge who ultimately decides your fate. It can be devastating for clients to invest the time and money to go to trial, only to have the judge rule in favor of the other party. There is a way to avoid this. When you agree to settle your case through mediation, you know exactly what the outcome will be. The outcome is not likely to be exactly what you want or exactly what your spouse wants (then again, trials usually do not end that way, either). But you know exactly what you are agreeing to. This certainty is an important step toward regaining control and rebuilding your life after a divorce.
4. Mediation Can Set the Stage for a Successful Working Relationship
Many couples must continue to work together after their divorce is granted. Parents will always be a part of the child’s life, and this does not stop when child custody orders end at the age of 18. Some couples choose to continue running a business or managing financial assets together. All of these situations require an amicable working relationship. By completing a successful mediation, you have proved that you can work together successfully after your marriage is over. You set the tone to do so amicably, which can save you years of struggle and contention in the future.
Experienced Charlotte Family Law Attorneys
The family law attorneys at Remington and Dixon have experience helping clients mediate all types of divorce and child custody cases. Call (704) 247-7110 to schedule your consultation.
Jennifer is a founding partner at Remington & Dixon, PLLC. Jennifer concentrates her practice in the areas of family law, wills & estates, unemployment benefits appeals, and traffic. At Elon University School of Law, Jennifer was the vice president of the Public Interest Law Society and a member of the Family Law Society. During law school, Jennifer interned at the Elon University School of Law Field Placement Clinic with Legal Aid of North Carolina where she represented clients in domestic violence court proceedings.