TopCounselingSchools.org compiled information and statistics from a variety of sources to illustrate the effectiveness of divorce mediation. Here are some of the most notable pieces of information they highlighted.
The average mediation takes three to six months to finish, versus an average of two years for divorce litigation. This means a whole lot less stress and money.
Speaking of money: mediation costs an average of $300 per hour versus $300 to $500 per hour for litigation. This might not seem like a huge edge, until you consider the time difference. Litigation may cost $20,000 per person, versus a total of $2,000 to $5,000 for mediation.
Mediation results in 80 percent voluntary compliance with child support agreements versus just 40 percent for litigation.
Mediation produces an agreement in 50 to 80 percent of cases, making it a highly effective means of completing a divorce. When these agreements happen outside of a courtroom, it’s better for everyone involved, as it means less confrontation and conflict and a whole lot less stress.