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If the time comes to file for divorce, you will have concerns about what the future will bring.

Generally speaking, there are two ways to move forward with the divorce process. You can opt for litigation or mediation.

While litigation is the only option for some couples, others come to find that mediation is the right decision for them.

The primary benefit of divorce mediation is the ability for both individuals to have more control over the process. There is no judge to get in the way. Instead, both individuals, along with their attorneys, work together to hash out the finer details associated with the divorce. From property division to child support and child custody, everything can be addressed during mediation sessions.

As you move toward divorce mediation, it's important to understand the goals of the process. This will put you in the right frame of mind as things get underway. Here are the primary goals:

  • To create an equitable and legally sound agreement.
  • To minimize additional bad feelings, which can help prevent post-divorce problems, such as in the event of co-parenting.
  • To avoid the expense, time, and stress that can accompany traditional litigation.

When you look at divorce mediation with these goals in mind, it's easy to see why so many people turn to this option.

Note: Although you go into divorce mediation with the best intentions, there is no guarantee that it will work out. If you are unable to work through all your problems, you can always opt for litigation. This is not ideal, but it's a fall back position that you have.

Some people believe that divorce mediation means they are unable to consult with an attorney. This is not true. Just the same as litigation, you'll want to work with an attorney who can answer your questions and help you make the right decisions.

Divorce mediation is a good alternative to litigation, especially if both individuals are comfortable with what the process entails.

As you move through mediation, don't expect everything to go smoothly. However, if you have an open mind and are willing to compromise, you should find yourself in position to work through challenges and create an agreement that both parties are happy with.


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