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When a couple divorces, their lives are turned inside out. The lawyers, the judge and others will know the entire story of your marriage — including why it failed.

Increased confidentiality is one reason to consider mediation during your divorce. There are many more reasons, but in terms of confidentiality, mediation meetings, communications, documents and more are confidential and privileged. At court, your case will be argued in front of anyone in the courtroom. You can avoid much of that with mediation.

Other benefits of mediation include:

-- Less expensive: Instead of a lengthy, contentious court battle, you and your spouse will pay for one mediator whose job it is to help you both come to an acceptable solution.

-- You control the outcome: You will determine what topics will be the focus of mediation. You and your spouse will have the last say regarding your final agreement.

-- Faster resolution: You won't have to wait months to get in front of a judge, and it's possible that the two of you can settle your issues in just a few sessions. No more worrying about lingering, unresolved issues that may take months to resolve.

-- Protection for children: If you're fighting for custody in the courtroom, your child may even have to be evaluated by a court-appointed child psychologist. Older kids might even have to testify in court. Mediation allows the two of you to work out an acceptable custody and visitation plan that doesn't involve the children in the process.

These are just five of the reasons to consider mediation for your divorce. Your attorney can help you learn more about this type of alternative divorce resolution.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Celebrate Mediation Day: Top 10 Reasons To Mediate Your Divorce," Sherri Donovan, accessed Nov. 10, 2016

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