Going through the process of a divorce is a scary and unpleasant time for everyone. Because marriage legally binds two people in the eyes of the state, getting a divorce necessitates splitting up all that was once shared property in the eyes of the law.
Court divorce involves hiring a lawyer and going through your state’s court system to litigate or argue your divorce in court. When you file for divorce, the court will decide how things like child support and property division are handled. This procedure is often a long and expensive process that results in the cessation of friendly relations between former spouses. In Arizona, family court or mediation are your two options.
Mediation provides an alternative to this. In divorce mediation, both spouses meet with a licensed and trained third party who seeks to solve all disputes outside of court. No court filing is necessary. Mediation involves sitting down with your spouse and the mediator and discussing issues like child support. Once both sides have come to an agreement, the mediator sends a signed copy of the settlement to the court.
In this article, we will break down the differences between mediation and court divorce in terms of how long each process takes, the cost of each option, and which choice is right for your situation.