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Statistics related to Mediation

These statistics were compiled by Top Counseling Schools.org, divorce.usu.edu, census.gov, mediate.com, divorceinfo.com, ncronline.com and mckinleyirvin.com.

Nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce. 60% of all second marriages end in divorce. In 2009 1 in 100 marriages ended: 76.8 % were white people, 12.8% were black people, 3.2% were asian people and .85% American Indian.

In the United States a divorce occurs every 13 seconds.

Why consider mediating? Mediation produces agreement in 50-80% of cases

It's cheaper: The average cost of mediation is $2,000-$5,000 nationally. The average litigation costs for a divorce are $20,000 per person nationally.

Mediation lasts an average of 3-6 months. Litigating your case takes an average of two years.

Better child support agreements were obtained in 80% of mediated cases vs. 40% of litigated cases.

Mediation is confidential. There is no public disclosure of financial information, discussions related to the same and the actual decision. Litigation becomes part of the public record and most hearings related to divorce are open to the public.

Mediation is for you if: 1. The decision to divorce is mutual, 2. You are not easily intimidated by your spouse, 3. You would like to stay on decent terms, 4.You can disagree with your spouse in a civil way, 5.Your spouse hasn't lied to you about anything important, 5.You both understand your financial situation, 6.You have no desire to revive the marriage, and/or 7. There was no physical violence in your relationship.