Mediation is always cheaper. It’s not cheap though. It does cost money because it takes some time and it needs to be thorough and complete. It needs to be done very carefully. When I talked about the all-day marathon that’s an all-day thing, that costs money. But when you’re talking about preparing for a trial, I’ve had trials that have gone over multiple days – three, four, five days – and preparation for those trials can take days and weeks.
That is so much more than a one-day mediation marathon. You do have to do some preparation for mediation, so there is some expense involved, but it’s typically much less than a trial and you know what you’re going to get because you agreed to it. In a trial, you never can predict the outcome. You can kind of predict a range of what a judge might do, but you can never be sure what a judge is going to do at trial.
Laura Schantz, a Beaverton divorce and family lawyer and mediator has helped clients find creative solutions to complex financial matters involving asset division, spousal support, and child support. To learn more about Laura Schantz and her firm, visit www.oregondivorceattorney.com.