Divorce Without Lawyers

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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Stay Out of Court With Divorce Mediation

Stay Out of Court With Divorce Mediation

Divorce mediation has become a popular alternative method of divorce in recent years. When divorcing couples engage in mediation, they hire a mediator instead of each hiring a personal attorney. The mediator acts as a neutral party who does not take sides. Instead, he or she is an experienced professional who provides whatever legal, parenting,…

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The Benefits of Getting a Divorce Without Lawyers

The Benefits of Getting a Divorce Without Lawyers

If you and your spouse want to get a divorce as quickly and cost effectively as possible, there is a way you can do so. Though you may have heard horror stories about friends and friends of friends spending years and thousands of dollars on divorce litigation, you can walk away from your marriage is…

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Three Reasons Why Divorce Mediation Is Superior to Hiring a Lawyer

Three Reasons Why Divorce Mediation Is Superior to Hiring a Lawyer

If you are currently undergoing or considering a divorce, then you probably want the process to be completed as quickly and with as little stress as possible. Hiring lawyers to battle out your case in court is not conducive to these goals. Instead, consider divorce mediation. Divorce mediators seek to reach a mutually agreeable settlement,…

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