What if we told you that there was a way to resolve your divorce or other family law issues that would save you time and money, while also preserving your relationship with your ex-spouse? You might not believe that such a thing exists. But it does, and it is called mediation.

Mediation is an increasingly popular method alternative dispute resolution, which seeks to settle family law issues such as divorce and child custody through collaboration and negotiation rather than through courtroom litigation. There are many benefits to using mediation for your divorce. It allows spouses to work out the details of their divorce, and to work together to come up with a solution.

That increased level of cooperation usually results in less disagreement between divorcing spouses, which can significantly minimize the bitterness and anger they feel toward one another. Because spouses, especially those who have children together, generally have to stay in one another's lives for many years, it is much easier to interact and co-parent when you are able to get along.

In addition, an amicable divorce in which spouses have less to fight about can significantly speed up the legal process. Not only does this lessen the stress of splitting from your spouse, but it can also save a huge chunk of money in legal fees and court costs. This can help both spouses have a better financial footing as they begin their new lives and single parents or just single people.

Although mediation is a non-adversarial process, it can help to have an attorney at your side when you are negotiating with your spouse. An experienced Georgia family law attorney can give you more details about the mediation process and whether it is the best option for you.

Source: The Huffington Post, "In Today's Uncertain Financial Times, Mediated Divorce Makes More Sense Than Ever," Bari Zell Weinberger, Esq., Nov. 29, 2011