Mediation versus divorceOne of the most common questions asked about divorce is how much it will cost. The first thing to understand is that you have choices when it comes to settling the difficult aspects of your marriage. You can seek resolution through the traditional court system or you can settle your divorce with the help of a divorce mediator. As you are likely already aware, when it comes to divorce, the costs can add up both financially as well as emotionally. Below you will find some basic information about the cost of divorce.

  • General estimates indicate that settling your divorce in the court system will cost somewhere between two and ten times more than a mediated divorce. The average cost of a divorce (settled in the court) can cost more than $15,000.
  • Divorce takes a terrible emotional toll on all parties, including any children in the marriage. A court battle is by nature adversarial and can increase the conflict between you and your divorcing spouse. Divorce mediation encourages collaboration and compromise, which lays a stronger foundation for future interactions. The bottom line is that you will save yourself a lot of stress if you move forward with divorce mediation to settle your divorce.
  • Divorce mediation will also save you a significant amount of time. The entire process usually takes between 3-4 two hour mediation sessions. These sessions can be spaced over the course of 6-8 weeks. A court case can take months or even longer.
  • Divorce mediation can settle even the most complex divorce cases and can help you resolve such issues as division of assets, debts and property, development of a fair and equitable parenting plan (or custody agreement) and even determination of child and/or spousal support payments.

Divorce Mediation Services, Chanhassen, MN

Johnson Mediation specializes in providing divorce mediation services to those in the Chanhassen area. Our team can help you focus on your future, by helping you move forward, rather than focusing on your past. We understand that every divorce is different and that you have a limited amount of resources, financially and perhaps emotionally as well. So, we work with you and your divorcing partner on finding workable solutions that allow you to find closure and start the next chapter of your life. For more information about our divorce mediation services and to find out if this option might be right for your family, call our team at 952-401-7599 to schedule a free consultation.