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Mediation vs. Court: What Are Your Divorce Options?

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2017 | Divorce, Family Law


A divorce is a highly emotional matter that often leads to rash decisions made out of hurt or anger. Rather than face this hardship alone, it is important to work with an experienced attorney. At Saunders Law Group, we have a team of experienced divorce attorneys who can civilly navigate clients through stressful divorce proceedings.

Our goal is to reach reasonable and fair decisions regarding the division of assets and any applicable custody or visitation matters. We will work to minimize the emotional strain for our clients, while striving to reach a settlement that accommodates the needs of all involved parties. Ideally, this agreement can be reached through mediation. However, when necessary, our attorneys are prepared to bring a case to court.

Those who are interested in learning more about divorce and mediation vs. court should contact our practice serving Bartow, FL and Lakeland, FL to set up a consultation with one of our experienced divorce attorneys.

Divorce Mediation

We strongly encourage all clients to consider mediation as a first means of reaching a fair divorce settlement. During mediation, we sit down with all involved parties to discuss assets, equities, and custody matters. While parties do not often start out on the same page regarding how these concerns should be handled, the calm and experience of our attorneys often allows us to reach a point where all parties are satisfied with the terms of the divorce agreement.

Mediation offers several benefits over divorce court proceedings, including:

  • With mediation, it is in the client’s power to make informed decisions for the divorce settlement, rather than handing that power over to the court
  • Mediation settlements are faster and more affordable than divorce court proceedings
  • Mediation is monitored by objective and level-headed attorneys who will minimize the stress and emotion of the situation
  • Mediation helps to preserve an amicable relationship between the former spouses, which can be especially beneficial when children are involved
  • Mediation is private and confidential, as opposed to a public court proceeding

Divorce Court

While mediation is ideal, our attorneys understand that not all divorce cases can be settled through mediation. If parties are unable to work together amicably, or if one party contests the divorce, our attorneys are prepared to present our client’s case to the court. Once a divorce case goes to court, the court will ultimately define the terms of the divorce. However, our attorneys will work hard on our client’s behalf to ensure that his or her rights are protected. We will fight for a settlement that accommodates the financial and emotional needs of our client and his or her family.

Contact Us

A divorce is an emotional proceeding that should not be faced alone. Our attorneys at Saunders Law Group have been helping clients through their divorce proceedings for over 20 years, and we can help you as well. Contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more about your options regarding a divorce settlement.


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