The decision to divorce is one that’s often made after considerable thought. One thing that many people fear is being part of a contentious divorce that’s filled with litigation and difficult situations. This doesn’t have to be the way that your divorce goes as long as you and the other party can agree that you’re going to try to work through the applicable points that enable you to divorce. 

It surprises some people to think about working with an ex to come to equitable terms during a divorce, but this is fairly common now. Many cases utilize mediation to accomplish this. Oftentimes, the resulting settlements are better for both parties than what the court would order. This is because each person can try to get the terms that are important to them instead of the court issuing a judgment. 

In most cases, mediation will allow the case to be resolved faster since you don’t have to wait on a slot on the court docket for a trial. This means that you’ll be able to start your new life off much sooner than what was possible otherwise. 

When you first embark on the divorce process, make sure you use a lawyer who will work toward the goals that you have. If you plan on having things settled via mediation, you need a lawyer who will be firm but who is willing to negotiate. If you’re pretty sure that your ex is going to battle you on the terms, you should ensure the lawyer is willing to go to court if mediation doesn’t work.