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Taking a look at divorce mediation as a divorce alternative

Now that we have rung in the New Year, many people across the nation are likely considering changes and choices that are in their best interests. For some married couples in New Mexico, that might mean filing for divorce. The beginning of a new year is often a time where spouses make major decisions. And while this may not be easy, if a couple can no longer make it together, initiating the start of their single life is often easier at the start of the year.

Beyond the difficult choice to file for divorce, couples must consider how to move forward with the process. The traditional method to litigate a divorce can often come with a hefty price tag. This is especially true if there are several divorce issues to sort through. Thus, some couples opt for a divorce alternative.

Divorce mediation focuses on couples coming together to resolve their divorce issues and disputes. With the help of a mediator, who is a neutral third party, a divorcing couple can stay on track to come to a settlement on major decisions such as child custody and property division.

One major benefit of mediation is that this method can save the parties costs. On average, a traditional divorce could cost $15,000 to $20,000. On the other hand, mediation is charged by the hour, usually $200 to $250 per hour. And because the average couple can complete the process in just a few sessions, it is likely they will save over $10,000 by using mediation.

While mediation has many benefits for those that partake in it, it is not for everyone. Some high conflict couples may not be able to come to resolutions, making it impossible to reach a final settlement through mediation. Thus, mediation may only be helpful for some divorce issues.

Whether you are considering mediation for some or all of your divorce process, it is important to fully understand this method. This will not only help the spouses through the process but will also help protect their rights and interests as well.

Source:, "Everything You Need to Know About Divorce Mediation," Nancy Mann Jackson, Feb. 8, 2016

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