Mediation makes good financial sense in tough economic times.

Divorcing or separating under the most amicable conditions is difficult. There may be months or years of miscommunication, indecision, confusion and frustration leading up to the time when one or both of you say, “I want a divorce.” Add in tough economic times and it may feel like you will never get out of this struggle.

The reality is there is a cost to divorce; it does cost more to live in two residences than one. Most people don’t have a lot of extra money in their pockets to pay for the extra living costs, much less the costs associated with a contested divorce. A contested divorce may drag on for a year or more with costly attorney fees and expensive court costs. So what choices do you have if you are divorcing or separating?

Mediation is an alternative to the more traditional adversarial process and may be less expensive both financially and emotionally. In mediation you and your spouse or partner is in control of what you are spending and for how long. Mediation is one problem solving process that is available to you. Mediation can start at any stage of divorce or separation: from still living together to separated, in the middle or end of the divorce, and for post divorce issues.