Top 4 Reasons That Settling Your Case At Mediation Can Be Advantageous
Mediation is a useful tool that helps move domestic relations cases forward. As such, mediation is often a requirement prior to your hearing, Meditation offers many benefits that a contested hearing cannot offer. Settling your case at mediation can often benefit you for the following reasons:
Creative SolutionsMediation offers the option of creative solutions. At a contested hearing, the Judge is bound by the laws and precedent in Colorado which often limit what they can do with the various issues before them. At mediation you have many more options at your disposal that a Judge would not be able to order, but could enforce due to your agreement. Having these extra options often helps set families up for a result that they can more readily incorporate in their lives.
OwnershipMediation offers both you and the other party an opportunity to have a say in what the final agreement is. It's often been stated that a successful mediation will end with neither party being happy. This is often true because both sides gave something up that they didn't want to give up. The benefit is that when you get home and look in the mirror, you can say to yourself that this agreement that is going to impact your life was of your own doing. Judges are often overworked and don't have adequate time to prepare for every single hearing they preside over. It can be a scary prospectus to have a Judge, after reviewing some paperwork and hearing a couple hours of testimony, hand down an Order that you, the other party and potentially your children have to live with for years to come. Nobody knows your life better than you do. If you settle at mediation, it was your choice to make the agreements that you agreed to and will need to live by; not simply an Order from a stranger in a black robe
Stress ReductionDomestic relations cases are often times highly emotional roller coasters that carry on for months on end. These cases take their toll on you, the opposing party, your children, family and friends. If you settle at mediation, you eliminate the final litigation which usually ends up being the most highly contested part of your case. You can also start your recovery from the proceedings and move forward in life much sooner. than if you went to hearing.
Legal CostsThis one is simple. Less time equates to less money. Hearings before the Court and the preparation therefor can often times cost tens of thousands of dollars. That money could be saved and split between the two of you or go to your children.