When making the important and often difficult decision to divorce, many people feel overwhelmed by the number of decisions that have to be made. Chief among these decisions is whether the process will be best served by litigation or mediation. While litigation is the traditional route, mediation is a way to greatly reduce the costs associated with divorce and attain a settlement that fits within the needs of the family.
Through litigation, costs may reach upwards of $30,000 while mediation could see a price tag of $3,000 to $5,000. With so many pros to choosing mediation, it is a wonder most people don't choose this route. It is most likely due to the fact that there are many myths about this process. One myth is that the mediator takes the place of legal consultation. Another myth is that a spouse must 'served' with divorce papers, which can be highly embarrassing and is far from necessary. Many people also believe that all issues need to be resolved during mediation. The truth is that settlements can address many issues and leave some to be decided at a later date.