For many working individuals, it can be nearly impossible to find time during the business day to do anything related to their personal lives. You are probably familiar with the struggle, as you, for example may have to cram a trip to the bank, the post-office, and your accountant’s office all into your lunch hour. Add in a doctor’s or dentist appointment and forget it; you will probably need to take a day off work. If you are considering a divorce, your scheduling challenges are just beginning, no matter how busy you already may be. Many law firms and, of course, the courts are only available during “normal business hours,” typically between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday. With such limitations, how can you be expected to make any progress in your divorce while maintaining a full-time job? Fortunately, divorce mediation may provide a solution.
Mediation in a divorce case can offer a number of possible benefits, including reduced stress, lower costs, and increased compliance with a negotiated settlement compared to a litigated judgment. For many couples, however, the customizable schedule of the mediation process is extremely attractive. To move forward in a litigated divorce, you and your spouse must each meet with your respective attorneys, file your motions with the court, wait for a court date to be determined, then appear to argue your case, all of which takes time and must usually occur during the busiest part of your days.