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On the mediation process and how it helps

When a couple decides that it is time to divorce, they have a decision to make about what process they will use to complete the divorce. One option is litigation. Litigation does not mean that a couple cannot come to a settlement, but the hard things that parties say about each other and write about each other in court documents can create hurt feelings and make coming to an agreement more difficult.

Another option is mediation. Mediation is a voluntary process during which the spouses attempt to work out their differences and obtain the help they need to divide assets and set up parenting plans. Mediation helps the splitting spouses take control of their divorce and make a customized divorce arrangement that works for them. It also allows for a third party (usually an attorney) to assust parties in working through any disagreements that may arise during the mediation process. 

The mediation process is straightforward. The first meeting between the spouses and the mediator will be focused on identifying the issues that need to be addressed in the divorce. The following meetings will be used to work through various issues in an attempt to create agreement. The mediator usually drafts a stipulated judgment that will reflect the agreement of the parties, and then sends it out to the spouses and their attorneys.

The length of the mediation process depends on a wide variety of factors, but it can be very beneficial for many couples that are looking for an effective agreement that they control and tailor to their own family's needs. 

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