Whenever the topic of divorce comes up, thoughts of lengthy court battles usually come to mind. However, not every divorce needs to be a war between the two parties involved. As surprising as it may be, an amicable divorce is possible.
Rather than spending a lot of money and several years in court, an amicable divorce mediator can simplify the process. They do this by saving you money on the cost of services and the time needed to complete a process, to have minimal impact on your family’s dynamic. Divorce mediators are:
In 2022, the average price of a divorce in the US is between $15,000 and $20,000. Meanwhile, the average cost of a divorce mediator’s services is roughly $3,000 to $8,000. This figure varies depending on the mediator and the time spent on each case.
The difference in these costs is due to the circumstances of each situation. For example, the amount of time required to reach a resolution, the level of cooperation between parties, child custody arrangements, and even geographical location can all affect the final cost.
Some mediators charge on an hourly basis. Others charge a flat fee for each case. While it depends on the mediator, the cost of their services is typically much less expensive than for a traditional divorce.
Blue Skies Mediation is unique in that they provide not just mediation, but also financial guidance through the process. We charge a flat fee to help couples negotiate the terms of their divorce settlement in a manner that is realistic to what a typical outcome would be in court.
It’s crucial to remember that not all mediators are lawyers. A mediator cannot provide legal advice but should be familiar enough with family law to be able to help parties mediate the terms of their divorce. The parties will have the option to have the mediated agreement reviewed by a lawyer before it is submitted to the court.
While saving money is certainly a benefit of using a divorce mediator, they also help save something even more valuable – time. A traditional divorce process can be lengthy depending on how long the courts take to finalize it. Therefore, a lawyer can’t give an exact date for when the case will be over. This can make the whole ordeal feel slow and dragged out.
When it comes to divorce mediation, no single timeline fits all cases. Some can be settled in weeks, while others can take around six months. Blue Skies clients are usually divorced within 4-6 months from the beginning of the process.
One of the single most important factors in any divorce procedure is whether there are children involved. If nothing else, one thing both parties can usually agree on is wanting to limit how their children are affected.
Parents do their best to shield their children from such adult matters. However, it is unlikely children are completely unaware of the situation. With divorce mediation, the child’s involvement is not mandatory, preventing emotional turmoil and protecting their mental and physical health.
This is one of the reasons why so many parents try divorce mediation over other options. Regardless of what leads a couple to divorce, they want what is best for their children.
Blue Skies’ goal is to make divorce as simple as possible, to avoid escalating conflict that frequently comes from lawyers, and to keep the process as amicable as possible for everyone, but especially for the children’s sake. Family may be redefined in this process, but it is not destroyed. Our goal is that parents can still sit next to each other at their children’s school and sporting events and remain supportive of their children, even if they are not together anymore.
For more information on how your situation may benefit from a divorce mediator, contact Blue Skies Mediation – Divorce Mediation and Financial Analysis in Peachtree City.
Give us a call at 904.710.9245 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation with one of our certified divorce financial analysts. Doing so will bring you one step closer to an amicable divorce arrangement.