The number of spouses who have successfully mediated their separations and divorces are dramatically on the rise. This is largely because they took the time to learn the full scope of all of their options before choosing divorce mediation. Through the following quick and dirty how to divorce comparison charts, you too can become well informed as you prepare to make this all important decision.
|Divorce Mediation||Court-Contested Divorce|
|Fast-takes between 3-6 months||Slow-may take 2-4 years or more|
|You decide your future||Courts decide your future|
|Affordable-costs a small fraction of a court-contested divorce||Expensive-costs $30,000-$40,000 or more|
|Minimal emotional impact on children||High emotional impact on children|
|My Healthy Divorce Mediation Program||Private Mediator|
|fully legal binding marital settlement agreement||non-enforceable memorandum of understanding|
|marital settlment agreement draft and divorce decree provided||both not provided|
|affordable flat fee||attorney's hourly rate ($250-$350/hour)|
|attorneys and other professionals specialize in divorce mediation full-time||divorce mediation usually a side practice to attorney's private litigation practice|
|My Healthy Divorce Mediation Program||Do-It-Yourself Divorce|
|full legal protection||no legal protection|
|advice and guidance from expert professionals||no advice and guidance|
|solid future financial plan||highly risky; spouses likely to lose important property rights|
|balanced marital settlement agreement designed to stand the test of time||marital settlement agreement fraught with pitfalls and subject to challenge as an unenforceable document|
Another way to get a setion or divorce is through a collaborative divorce. In such a divorce process, you will each retain your own counsel and both sign a document stating that neither of you will use the courts to litigate any issues that arise in your matter. Instead, you will engage in a series of four-way meetings with your respective attorneys, and many times with financial and/or parenting experts, to resolve all the outstanding financial and parenting issues in your matter. Main Line Family Law Center offers collaborative divorce representation for clients whose spouse has already retained their own counsel and is interested in the collaborative divorce approach.
If you have any questions about divorce mediation, the My Healthy Divorce program and your options, or wish to schedule your divorce mediation consult, please contact us at (610) 410-5444.
As always, continue to stay informed!