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Divorce Mediation Spike Might Continue When Pandemic Ends

Government-imposed lockdowns, court closures and other effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have triggered an increase in the use of divorce mediation throughout the United States. Whether conducted online or in a controlled setting with just the necessary people present, mediation has allowed spouses to reach settlements that can be incorporated into a marriage dissolution order…. Read More »

Tips for Getting Over Roadblocks to a Successful Divorce Mediation

There are many benefits to choosing mediation over litigation in a divorce. The process often costs less, takes less time and encourages open and honest communication between the parties. However, mediation is not always smooth sailing. Spouses and mediators may come upon a few common hurdles when aiming to arrive at fair resolutions that can… Read More »

Clarifying Common Misconceptions About Divorce Mediation

Over the past several years, mediation has gained popularity as a method for resolving the conflicts of divorce. Though some people see mediation as a welcome alternative to going to court, others have been slow to warm to the process. Hesitation is often based on a misunderstanding of how mediation works and what it is… Read More »

Coronavirus Delays Family Court Hearings, Impacting Many Litigants

As the coronavirus pandemic brought many aspects of normal life screeching to a halt in 2020, many courthouses were shuttered to all but the most pressing criminal and civil matters. Hearings and trials not considered critical have been pushed back and some family courts have refused to allow the filing of new non-essential or non-emergency… Read More »

Coronavirus Pandemic Makes Breaking Up Harder to Do

Ending a relationship is rarely easy, but the challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic are making it even harder for couples to separate, according to some observers. While partners whose relationships already showed strains may see tensions increase and new issues arise, stay at home orders and travel restrictions might keep people stuck in place… Read More »

How to Talk and Listen Effectively in Mediation

In divorce litigation, your lawyer does a lot of the talking for you. The problem is that a lot of the lawyer’s talking is geared toward gaining an advantage in the case, in terms of support, property division, parenting time or another aspect of divorce. This adversarial atmosphere may not be conducive to working out… Read More »

How Mediation Can Make Your Divorce Less Stressful

For most people, the word divorce brings thoughts of heated court battles, expensive litigation and outcomes that leave everyone unsatisfied. While the end of a marriage will always come with its share of stress, there are effective ways of reducing the tension while reaching positive solutions. Mediation is one of those ways. One reason why… Read More »

Five Tips for Getting the Most Out of Divorce Mediation

Keeping your divorce out of the courtroom is often a win for you and your children. Mediated divorces usually result in far less bitterness, anger and emotional trauma compared to traditional litigation. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be times when your nerves reach a tipping point, especially if there are sharp disagreements to be… Read More »

Divorce Mediation Basics

Divorcing couples often don’t realize that traditional litigation is not the only option when it comes to ending a marriage. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods, such as mediation, can be a highly effective way of reaching a divorce settlement with less expense and less animosity. Divorce mediation is a process where a divorcing couple turns… Read More »

Making the Best of Virtual Mediation During the COVID-19 Crisis

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, when courts are closed and economic fears abound, using mediation might be the best option for many couples to resolve disagreements over divorce and parenting terms. While social distancing guidelines warn against groups of people gathering in small places, technology gives parties, their lawyers and third-party mediators the… Read More »