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Financial issues that plagued your marriage can affect divorce

Financial issues are among the most common reasons why couples decide to end a marriage. It's not necessarily about having money or not having money, either. As one recent article notes, financial issues that lead to divorce can involve poor financial communication, keeping secrets about money and having different money values.

Mediating your divorce? Tips to improve your negotiation skills

People often say that marriage is about compromise. In that same vein, it could be said that divorce is about negotiation. Unless you litigate your divorce, you can expect to negotiate nearly every aspect of your divorce, from child custody to property division. As such, improving your negotiation skills can be of benefit to you as you navigate this challenging process.

How can I prepare for mediation?

When you are dealing with a difficult family legal issue like child custody or divorce, preparation will be crucial in how you resolve the matter. Often, parties will resolve these issues through mediation, not litigation. In other words, you will likely be directly involved in finding a solution. As such, the more you can prepare, the more confident you can feel going into sessions.

What you should (and should not) expect from a mediator

Divorce is hard enough without the added complexity and contention of going to court. As such, many people resolve some or all divorce-related matters in mediation. If you choose to do this, or if the courts have ordered you do this, then it can be helpful to know what to expect.

3 surprising benefits of mediating a divorce

Sitting in a room to discuss topics like parenting schedules and financial valuations with a soon-to-be ex-spouse can be uncomfortable, stressful and upsetting. As such, many people initially think that resolving these and other issues in a mediation setting is just not a good idea.

It's not 'all or nothing' when it comes to mediating a divorce

Many people assume mediation is not a viable dispute resolution method for their divorce. Often, people think this because there are issues that divorcing spouses simply cannot agree on. However, mediation is not an all-or-nothing dispute resolution method.

3 decisions that could derail mediation efforts

Mediating a divorce can be an attractive option for anyone looking for the most peaceful process and resolutions over which they have control. However, choosing mediation is just one step in securing this type of outcome. Participants must also commit to avoiding certain decisions or behaviors during the process that could derail mediation efforts.

Mediation vs. Litigation: Which Is The Right Choice For You?

Deciding on a method for your divorce will be one of the most important decisions you make. A less adversarial approach is best for many couples, especially those with children, which is why mediation is a popular option. For others, a mutual agreement may be too difficult to reach, and litigation ends up being the only option.

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