Why Is Divorce Mediation Better Than Going To Court?


Divorce Mediation is an excellent topic after we have just recognized Divorce With Respect Weekhere in Kansas City. Divorce With Respect Week™ was held March 4-8, 2024, and is an initiative led by divorce professionals to raise awareness for collaborative divorce options. Hugh F. O’Donnell Family Law practices Divorce Mediation in the Kansas City metro area.

Divorce Mediation Helps Families

Divorce is one of the most challenging family matters a couple will face. Working with a skilled mediator will help a couple effectively work through the challenges unique to their situation. Divorce Mediation is an invaluable tool for securing lasting resolutions, even with the most sensitive topics such as:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Division of Assets and Debts

Spouses can meet to address their concerns and interests in a private and secure setting under Hugh O’Donnell’s experienced guidance to find common ground. Please note that Divorce Mediation is equally valuable to couples who don’t have children or whose children are grown.

Why is Divorce Mediation Better Than Going to Court?

Mediation has several advantages over the traditional means of resolving family law issues through the courts. Some of those advantages include:

  • Cost and time savings.
  • Keeping ultimate decision-making power in your hands rather than ceding that power to a judge.
  • Reduced stress to parents and children if children are involved. Divorce Mediation is an excellent choice, even if no children are involved.
  • The adversarial mindset is eliminated. This is especially powerful in cases with children, as it can help develop a paradigm of cooperation or peaceful dispute resolution that will benefit the child over their lifetime.

 Divorce With Respect Week

Through Hugh O’Donnell’s efforts, Quinton D. Lucas, Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, proclaimed March 4 – 8, 2024, as Divorce With Respect Week in Kansas City, Missouri. By this Proclamation, the Mayor recognized that the non-adversarial Collaborative Divorce Process is superior to a traditional litigated divorce. The Proclamation acknowledges that the Collaborative Divorce Process was nominated for the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize for transforming the way couples and families resolve conflict.

Attorney Hugh O’Donnell has over 40 years of experience in family law and divorce mediation. He works with clients to craft divorce agreements that are better for them in both the short and long term. Hugh O’Donnell is licensed in Missouri and Kansas. He is a founding member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri (now Collaborative Divorce Professionals) and a proud member of the Collaborative Practice Kansas City. Contact his office at 816-561-9355 or Click Here.