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Does Mediation Really Work?  

People often ask, “Does mediation really work?” Yes it does, for we know from years of research that when you compare couples who have mediated their divorce with couples who go through an adversarial divorce, couples who mediate are more likely to be satisfied with the process and the results, likely to take less time and cost a lot less money, and the parties are less likely to go back to court later to fight about something.

The main advantage of mediation is that it keeps you and your spouse in control of your own destiny and divorce. That can make all the difference in your recovery from your divorce and moving on with your life. Mediation allows the two of you to get through your divorce with less conflict than you would experience in an adversarial divorce proceedings. Because mediation is all about working with the same information and simultaneously with the same mediator, mediation takes far less time and therefore less money.


Will Mediation Save Us Money?


Mediation will almost always save certain attorney fees, court costs and other expenses that are normally incurred in an adversarial divorce. This is true even if only some of the issues are resolved in mediation. Statistics show that parties are more satisfied and tend to comply with agreements reached through discussions in mediation as each party has in put into the decision making process. Therefore, parties are less likely to return to court.


Do I Need an Attorney?


You do not need an attorney to engage in mediation or to file the necessary court paperwork. However, you may retain an attorney at any time during the mediation process, as the mediator is not authorized to give legal advice.


How Long Will It Take?


Divorce mediation sessions usually last about 6 – 8 hours if the parties are attempting to resolve all of the divorce issues.  If the parties do reach a solution on all of the issues, they will enter into a mediation agreement stating the solutions agreed. Using an adversarial court process or going through a contested divorce, it may take 12 to 24 months to get a final court hearing and two or more months to get a written decision.


What Happens When an Agreement Is Reached?


 When an agreement is reached with the mediator, the parties themselves or an attorney will use the mediation agreement to draft the divorce paperwork. If a divorce has not been filed, the paperwork will include all of the documents necessary to file and complete the divorce.

Although the mediation is conducted outside of the courts, a marriage is a legal institution that can only be dissolved by the courts.  However, mediation often allows parties to get divorced without ever appearing in a court, by utilizing a private judge. Ask your mediator if this would be an option for you.