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Why is mediation often less expensive than litigation?

If you are contemplating divorcing your spouse, you may be dreading the litigation that comes with the end of many marriages. After all, the courtroom can turn into an ugly battleground where you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse try to inflict as much damage as possible.

In New Jersey, divorce litigation can also be almost unbelievably expensive. Still, a growing number of divorcing Americans are choosing an alternative to divorce litigation. That alternative, divorce mediation, is often considerably less expensive than litigation.

Fewer professionals

Lawyers may spend hundreds of hours preparing for trial. Even if your attorney has reasonable rates, you may rack up thousands of dollars in legal bills. While it is advisable to have legal counsel for mediation, fewer professionals usually translate to immediate cash savings for you.

Faster processes

Family court dockets are often full, regularly making divorces drag on for months or longer. With mediation, you and your spouse work with an experienced mediator to reach common ground. Mediators tend not to be as busy as lawyers and judges, meaning your divorce may conclude both swiftly and cost-effectively.

More opportunities

During divorce litigation, it can be tempting to be petty. Because mediation is non-adversarial, you and your husband or wife may be able to avoid nasty arguments. That is, you have the opportunity to work collaboratively to find solutions to divorce-related issues. If you can agree, you may save a considerable amount of money.

While divorce mediation is not the right approach for every couple, you may want to give it a try. Ultimately, if mediation works, you are likely to have more money to start the next chapter of your life.