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A divorce mediator is neutral third party.  It is best to find a divorce mediator who is both a divorce lawyer and a therapist, as they have the most qualifications to be a good divorce mediator. During divorce mediation, it is important that each party feels comfortable expressing themselves...

In a divorce mediation session, a mediator facilitates discussion between the parties by helping them communicate and by providing information and suggestions to help resolve differences.  At the end of the mediation process, the separating parties have typically developed a tailored divorce...

Two common questions people ask when thinking about getting a divorce are:  if we choose divorce mediation, how long will it take and how much will it cost? How Long Will It Take? The length of mediation is largely dependent on the complexity of the issues involved and the degree to which both...

Forgiving your former spouse or yourself may seem impossible, but it's not. Forgiveness is actually something you do for yourself and your children. Divorce and mediation can be difficult processes to endure. The ability to forgive will lighten the emotional burden you are carrying and make it...

When a couple divorces, the court looks at the best way to divide both party's debts as well as their assets. Just as there are community and individual assets, there can be community and individual (separate) debts. For example, if one spouse takes out a student loan to pay for their school during...

While Divorce Mediation is recommended for most separating couples, there are instances in which mediation would not be the best choice. If there have been serious incidents of physical or verbal abuse in the relationship, there is a likeliness that the abused party would feel intimidated by the...

Divorce meditation can be a relatively quick and budget friendly option for separating couples, but what about when there are children involved? Divorce cases are always more complex when there are children to consider. Mediation brings both parents together in an informal setting and works to...

The mediator works with both parties to help them understand the law, reach agreeable solutions and develop a complete marital settlement agreement.  Mediation emphasizes the identifying of issues and settling of disputes, rather than finding fault or blame. The goal of the process is for the...

A mediator is neutral third party.  During mediation, it is important that each party feels comfortable expressing themselves and understood by the mediator.  For a successful outcome in mediation, the parties must participate in good faith, integrity, and with a willingness to work...

Divorce Mediation is a process where you and your spouse work together with an attorney-mediator who has been specially trained in divorce law.  The mediator helps divorcing couples resolve conflict and reach agreements.  Mediation is an effective and affordable alternative to litigation.  A...

In a traditional divorce, each party retains an attorney and the attorneys negotiate the divorce either privately or, if necessary, in front of a judge. This process can be expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining. Alternative divorce options such as mediation, collaborative divorce, and...

The more you do yourself, the less you'll have to pay an attorney to do. Prior to your first consultation, ask what information you should bring to help the attorney understand your situation. Some attorneys provide a written list of documents that clients need to bring, such as recent pay stubs,...

It's always helpful to begin the divorce process with a realistic end in sight. Before you meet with an attorney, take time to list your priorities and goals. A family law attorney can then help you understand state law and community property rules, and answer your questions. For instance, will you...

The best legacy divorcing parents can leave their children is to be civil with each other and communicate respectfully with each other during their divorce and beyond. Typically, communicating respectfully helps facilitate the divorce process. This may seem like a pipe dream, but it is possible....