Divorce Without Lawyers

The Mediation Process and How It Helps Mitigate Anger

The Mediation Process and How It Helps Mitigate Anger

Mediation is used to resolve a variety of conflicts and disputes, from personal injury claims to divorce. The mediator helps to contain the conflict into manageable parts and avoid a majority of emotional outbursts. Most people who enter the mediation process find it easier to come to terms, but much of that has to do…

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The 4 Possible Negative Side Effects of Divorce on Children

The 4 Possible Negative Side Effects of Divorce on Children

Divorce is strenuous on any family, regardless of the relationship between the parents. However, divorces filled with animosity and bitterness can have increasingly dangerous and harmful side effects on children. If you are going through a negative divorce, then be mindful of the following four side effects on children. 1. Anxiety and Stress During a…

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The 3 Benefits of Getting a Divorce Without Lawyers

The 3 Benefits of Getting a Divorce Without Lawyers

Filing for a divorce is not something to be taken lightly, and there are many times when attorneys and court proceedings are necessary for the settlement of complicated estates. However, when two people can dissolve their marriage without attorneys, through an uncontested and mediated process, they often come out of the process with a shared…

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5 Reasons To Consider a Collaborative Divorce

5 Reasons To Consider a Collaborative Divorce

A collaborative divorce, by definition, is about communication and working with one another. Most of these divorces are resolved outside of a courtroom and without lawyers, only requiring a mediator to help move negotiations along. There are at least five reasons to consider a collaborative divorce, especially if the decision to separate is mutual. 1….

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Third Parties in a Divorce Mediation

Third Parties in a Divorce Mediation

Divorce proceedings are painful. Using a mediator instead of going to court is a proven way to keep tensions to a minimum as these professionals are trained to be unbiased arbiters during difficult times. They are also adept at negotiating solutions when a third party is involved in divorce mediation. Examples of third party involvement…

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Mediation Preserves Individual Decision-Making During a Divorce

Mediation Preserves Individual Decision-Making During a Divorce

Even under the “best” circumstances, divorces are stressful. In some cases, working through lawyers on a divorce may make you feel like you are losing control over decision-making, which can add to your stress. Whether you acquiesce on issues because your lawyer convinces you it’s the best option you have or you give in as…

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5 Reasons Why Divorce Mediation is Better than Litigation

5 Reasons Why Divorce Mediation is Better than Litigation

1. Reduced Hostility Because a mediator represents both parties, it eliminates the inherent conflict created when opposing lawyers are fighting on opposite sides. In addition, mediators have training in not only law but in psychology as well. Part of this preparation is to identify areas of potential conflict at the beginning of the process and…

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Mediation Can Make Divorce Easier on Your Family

Mediation Can Make Divorce Easier on Your Family

A divorce is never easy, but if you and your spouse choose to go the mediation route, instead of through the courts, the process can be easier on the family. There are three main reasons for this is that mediation is designed to reduce conflict between the parties, and it is also typically a speedier…

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Divorcing the Easier Way: The Advantages of Divorce Mediation

Divorcing the Easier Way: The Advantages of Divorce Mediation

Deciding to divorce or separate is a painful decision to have to make. This time of change in your life can be devastating, overwhelming and hugely disrupting. The process can become more fraught and heartbreaking when children are involved. While deciding to separate is not simple, choosing the best method to navigate and finalize your…

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Understanding How Grief Influences Divorce Mediation

Understanding How Grief Influences Divorce Mediation

Whether a divorce is completely amicable or highly contentious, it is an emotional situation for everyone.  Most people will grieve the life of which they had dreamed of having, grieve the loss of love, grieve the loss of social standing, grieve the loss of a family dynamic for your children, etc.  Grief can be both…

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How Drug & Alcohol Addiction Impacts Divorce

How Drug & Alcohol Addiction Impacts Divorce

It is the unfortunate reality that addiction impacts many families and can be a major factor in the decision to divorce.  Many times, an individual is not aware of their spouse’s addiction at the time of marriage, or the addiction develops during marriage.  Because of this, the addiction was not ‘part of the agreement’ or…

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How the Psychodynamics of Emotions Influence Divorce Mediation

How the Psychodynamics of Emotions Influence Divorce Mediation

The Complicated Emotions of Divorce No matter what type of divorce you are experiencing, any time a couple decides to divorce, there are many different emotional layers involved in the process.  There is often mistrust and anger in divorce, but even the most amicable of divorces will have many different layers of emotions and those…

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Is Divorce Mediation Divorcing Without Lawyers’?

Is Divorce Mediation Divorcing Without Lawyers’?

If you watch a dramatic television show you will often see that one of the first things someone should do when getting divorced is ‘lawyer up.’  By ‘lawyer up’ they usually mean to get a ferocious attorney that will take your ex for all they are worth.  And, while that type of revenge may sound…

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Mediating a Parenting Agreement for Unmarried Parents

Mediating a Parenting Agreement for Unmarried Parents

Developing a custody arrangement, child support, and a parenting plan during divorce is common and many cases are fairly straightforward.  But, if unmarried parents decide to separate and need to establish a parenting agreement, including custody and child support, the process can be a little more complicated. Rather than arguing in court and getting into…

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Managing Grief in Divorce Mediation

Managing Grief in Divorce Mediation

Regardless of the circumstances, divorce can often feel like a death.  While there might be many reasons you are pursuing a divorce, it also represents the end of one chapter of life and the beginning of a new chapter.  Grief can easily creep in, even when you least expect it, but there are ways to…

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3 Tips for Managing Anger During Divorce

3 Tips for Managing Anger During Divorce

Most divorces, even the most amicable, involve some degree of anger.  Individuals may not even realize how much anger is controlling their actions and choices during divorce.  Divorce mediation is one of the most amicable and effective ways to get a divorce while managing anger but many people mistakenly think they are ‘too angry’ for…

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The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Divorce Mediator

The Top 10 Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Divorce Mediator

Divorce is usually sad, but it need not be emotionally and financially devastating if you ask these questions when you interview a divorce mediator. 1. What are your qualifications? Being a lawyer is an important qualification but doesn’t assure that the mediator has the background and experience to deal with the diverse degrees of emotions…

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How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children

How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children

How Divorce Mediation Will Benefit Your Children Virtually any divorce can benefit from the use of mediation.  The most amicable and most contentious divorces alike can find advantages in mediation because it provides a neutral person to listen to and help find mutually agreeable solutions to any issues.  Not only are their emotional advantages to…

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