Divorce rates among all segments of our population are growing and the explosion of family lawyers is evidence. Some blame the longevity promised by access to good medical care for the increasing number of “gray divorces” among the elderly. Others blame societal factors on the overall increase of divorces.
But the data is indisputable; more people are divorcing these days which means that the likelihood you or someone you know may have to endure this painful experience is increasing. The good news is that with information and knowledge comes power, particularly when it comes to finances. Misunderstanding the financial impact of divorce is one of the most common mistakes a person can make and can yield very long term and painful consequences.
That is why it’s important to arm yourself with as much information as possible. Here are some important tips on how to protect yourself financially in your divorce.
Mediation is part of a broader area of the law called “alternative dispute resolution”. That’s just a fancy way of saying solving your disputes without going to court. Mediation is where an experienced neutral third party listens to each side and then offers counter-arguments, suggestions, and creative solutions to bring the parties close enough that they can agree on a settlement. This approach can trim months, even years, off a divorce which means huge savings in legal fees. Mediators are often lawyers or former judges experienced in divorce law and have a firm grip on what is likely to be the outcome should you go to court.