Do mediation and “do-it-yourself” divorces lead to “successful” divorces?

The numbers don’t lie, divorce is as popular as ever in the United States. Over 50% of first marriages and 70% of second marriages end in divorce. But are these divorces “successful?” In other words, are both parties satisfied with the settlement, was their little damage to the relationship, and did the process cost little money? As couples weigh their divorce route options many are turning to mediation or “do-it-yourself” pro se divorces. For many divorcing couples, the financial cost of getting a divorce is the greatest concern, and by choosing to represent themselves or proceed through mediation, they hope to keep the cost down and avoid the animosity that can surround litigation.

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A recent survey shows that in certain areas mediation and pro se divorces may not be having much more success than traditional litigation in certain areas. The survey conducted by Wentworth Divorce Financial Advisors, suggests that there is significant room for improvement when it comes to financial awareness in the divorce process.

Couples that chose to litigate their divorce proceedings reported they were the most unprepared when it came time to negotiating their financials. A whopping 45 percent of those surveyed, as a matter of fact. Mediating couples were not far behind, with 40 percent in the survey not ready to talk money. “Do-it-yourselfers” faired only slightly better, at 31 percent.

Depending on the case, we often recommend that our client consult with a trusted financial advisor who is familiar with the divorce process and who can provide some professional insight into the client’s future financial status after the divorce is resolved. The financial expert can review property distribution scenarios and help predict how the proposed settlements may impact the client’s financial security.

Having a “successful” divorce can make things much easier as you move forward. Make sure you work to avoid being a part of these staggering statistics. A qualified attorney/mediator can help you avoid the pitfalls of the divorce process and make sure you reach an equitable financial settlement with your ex-spouse.

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