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Laurie Kerner

Benefits of Pro Se Divorce Mediation Palm Beach County


Empowering: Divorce Mediation lets you make the decision rather than having another person decide the outcome. If it is a potential court matter, it allows the parties to reach an agreement rather than having a judge dictate the decision. In family disputes, it enables factions or disagreeing family members to work together towards a solution rather than having one member assume all responsibility for decision making, possibly creating further conflict. Going before a judge means that one party will win and one will lose and there is no guarantee that the case will be decided in your favor. In mediation, both parties have the opportunity to resolve the conflict allowing for both of their interests. It also can level the playing field if in some cases one party might choose to obtain counsel while the other party is not able to. In mediation, both parties can come to the table on equal terms and work through their conflict themselves.

Financial Cost: All studies have found mediation to be more cost effective than going to court. The cost of litigation, involving expensive legal fees and courts costs, is far more than the cost of a mediation session/s. Whether landlord/tenant or small business conflicts, litigation is going to be more expensive than divorce mediation.

Time Investment: Litigation involves a huge time commitment. Regardless of the type of case there is the time investment put into preparing the case, time spent in court, and time invested in delays and court adjournments, all time that diverts attention from business operations or family time. Divorce Mediation can resolve the conflict in a shorter time without the administrative constraints of the court system. Extending the time for resolving the conflict allows hostile anger to fester making it harder increasing the emotional toll and often making positions more intractable.

Emotional Costs: Just the fact that divorce mediation revolves around conflict means that there is a strong emotional element. Conflicts are emotionally draining because they involve anger, frustration and hurt, all energy depleting emotions. The quicker resolution that mediation offers mitigates that emotional drain. There is an opportunity to express feelings in the mediation process which does not happen with a court decision, allowing the parties to vent and be heard by one another and leaving them with a greater sense of emotional satisfaction.

Relationship Costs: There is no monetary value for the loss of relationships. Mediation is about communication and avoiding the warring situations that litigation creates. Because divorce mediation is focused on having the parties settle their differences by talking and coming to an agreement, there is more of an opportunity to come out with an understanding that preserves the relationship, whether it is a familial one or business related.

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