I have noticed that many of the people who come to my office for a free consultation want to know how quickly and how inexpensively we can complete their divorce. This is a difficult question because a fast settlement takes an agreement from both sides of the divorce, and we can only influence our side. However, in most cases where both parties are reasonable, going to mediation is the fastest and most cost effective way to resolve a divorce.
Mediation is a meeting where the parties go with their attorneys, and a hired mediator goes between the parties and attempts to help them reach a resolution that both people are comfortable with. Often the cost of the mediator is equally divided between the parties, and the mediator is mutually agreed on.
The reason mediation is the fastest and most cost effective way to resolve a divorce is because the parties remain in control of the final order. They get to decide what things they are willing to give on, and which they really want. Often the parties want different things (hence the divorce) which makes reaching an agreement pretty straight forward. It also allows the parties to reach an agreement without having to have their dirty laundry paraded through the courts.
The reason mediation is more cost effective is because mediation usually lasts only a few hours. The cost of paying for half the mediator bill and your attorney for a few hours is much lower that court time. Preparing for one hearing, or worse, even a one-day trial, requires as much as two entire days of preparation, plus the time at the hearing or trial. The client ends up paying four or five times as much to go to court as opposed to a couple hours of work in mediation.
At Ammon Nelson Law, PLLC your family is our priority. We want you to be happy with the outcome of your divorce or custody matter. We are happy to be as aggressive or as diplomatic as necessary to help you reach your legal goals. At the same time, we understand that the less you spend on your divorce in legal fees, the more money you will have to reestablish and support your family. That is why we work closely with our clients to make sure each action taken during the legal process has a specific purpose. If you are considering a divorce or custody action, please call us for a free consultation so we can discuss your options.