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What are the Basic Steps of Divorce Mediation?

You agreed on mediation and found a great mediator to help you and your spouse find solutions. Now, the mediation date is coming up, and you are likely wondering, what is next? Here are the basic steps of divorce mediation. Introduction: The mediator the mediation process and set a plan. If you or your spouse… Read More »

What to Ask Your Potential Divorce Mediator

If you want a successful mediation, start with the mediator. You are more likely to settle if you choose someone with experience and effective communication skills. Here are some important questions to ask your potential mediator to assess whether they will work for you. What is your background? Many mediators are current or former family… Read More »

Is Divorce Mediation an Option for You?

If you seek less conflict and more solutions in your divorce and child custody arrangements, divorce mediation may be an option. However, it will only work if you are willing to work with your spouse to find what works for both of you. Your chances of a successful mediation increase if most of these statements… Read More »

Mistakes to Avoid in Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation is a cooperative process where you find commonalities and come to your own solutions. It is not supposed to be a knock-down-drag-out fight where arguments overpower compromise. Here are the mistakes to avoid if you wish mediation to be a productive process. Treating mediation like a courtroom brawl: Enter the mediation prepared to… Read More »

Tips for Mediating When You Have Teenagers

Mediating issues of child custody when you have teenagers is a much different prospect than mediating issues of child custody for younger children. Teenagers are getting closer to adulthood, are more independent thinkers and are likely to have their own strong opinions—as well as very different needs than younger siblings. Here are a few issues… Read More »

Tips for Mediation Issues Related to Grade School-Age Children

Divorcing couples with children have a variety of issues they must consider that couples without children do not. These issues can change or evolve based on the age of the children in question. For couples who have grade school-aged children, there are some particular issues they will need to confront as part of their mediation… Read More »

Divorce Mediation vs. Divorce Arbitration: What You Should Know

Divorce arbitration, like divorce mediation, is an alternative method to resolving divorce issues that keeps you out of litigation. But how does it differ from mediation? Where mediation involves working with a third-party mediator to negotiate the issues of your divorce while maintaining control over the outcome, arbitration involves working with a private judge (an… Read More »

You May Go Back to Mediation After a Divorce is Finalized

After your divorce is finalized, you might at some point need to make some adjustments to your divorce agreement to reflect changes that have occurred in your life circumstances. Rather than going straight to court with these issues, you may wish to instead return to mediation to work through the issue with your ex. Here… Read More »

Considering the Costs of Divorce Beyond Mediation Fees

As you prepare for your divorce, it is a good idea to consider the costs of getting that divorce so you can get started with planning for what your finances will look like as a single person. Your first step in this regard should be to talk to your mediator about what you can expect… Read More »

If Mediation is Court-Sponsored, How are Costs Affected?

In most places, if people have filed for divorce and can’t agree on parenting plans for their minor children, the court will order mediation for child custody. When mediation is ordered and sponsored by the courts, you may be able to get it free, at a reduced rate or at a rate that slides based… Read More »