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The Divorce Process – Mediation vs. Litigation


Mediation. . . . .

Mediation is a process that is designed to assist people in the process of divorce to allow them to voluntarily resolve their disputes.

Mediation assists spouses to develop their plan on how to parent and how to resolve financial issues. What emerges from successful mediation is a plan that is formulated by the parties – and not imposed upon them by a court. It is a process that is entirely voluntarily where the parties are in control of their divorce with the goal of a peaceful outcome.

One of the benefits of mediation is the avoidance of a far more destructive, expensive and lengthy process – a lawsuit. Mediation can take place before a lawsuit or divorce complaint is filed, or after a filing. If the mediation is successful, the dispute can usually be finalized within a matter of weeks, not the years it can frequently take to have the case resolved in court. Indeed, courts frequently suggest mediation in an effort to avoid the time and expense of litigation.


Litigation. . . . .

Litigation is the process of turning over your most important life’s decisions to a Judge who in a very short period of time will impose his or her will on your future.  It usually involves the hiring of Lawyers who’s job it is to destroy the opposing spouse for his clients best interests.  Litigation costs can run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.  It is not uncommon for litigants to spend their lives savings in an effort to come out on top in an adversarial divorce.

Many people chose to go “PRO-SE”, representing themselves.

If you  chose to go the route of a do-it yourself divorce, it is critical that you understand the court system, the process, the rules, and the procedures.   A simple form filed incorrectly can cost you a very bad outcome