Moving on in a good way.
The goal of separation/divorce mediation is to help couples “move on”, to direct their energy on the future instead of the past. When children are involved, mediation helps both parties be the best parents possible by putting the interests of the children first.
Take control of your separation: Unlike traditional litigation, mediation helps clients regain control of their divorce. You and your ex --not a judge who doesn't know your family --decide how you want to divide your assets, how much spousal support you need or can afford to pay, or what the parenting schedule is going to be.
Mediation is faster and less expensive: Jenn's average separation/mediation costs less than $500/ party and is completed in under a month. In the litigation world, the average contested divorce costs well over $10,000/party and lasts several months. These figures do not account for additional litigation costs such as loss of income due to stress, litigation paperwork and court appearances.
Shelter your children from conflict: Children of separating couples suffer much less when their parents work together towards an agreement, rather than ‘battling it out’ in court. When couples return home after a mediation saying, "Your mother and I agreed that..." children get the message that mom and dad are on the same team. Litigation, on the other hand, tends to intensify conflicts and can end with both parties feeling unsatisfied.
Avoid future conflicts with your ex: When a separating couple resolve their issues through a collaborative process, such as mediation, their ongoing interactions are more pleasant and productive than when the parties litigate their issues. More importantly the children are spared the stress of having to live through their parents’ unpleasant ordeal.