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Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 8

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. How can a divorcing couple find a good mediator? Personal referrals are usually the best way to find any professional, including a mediator. But because mediation is a relatively new field, personal referrals may not be possible. In… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 7

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. How long does mediation take? Mediation almost always takes less time than litigation. Depending on the issues, it can even take place in one day, although most divorcing couples meet for several sessions on separate days over a… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 6

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. How much does mediation cost? Most mediations involve an hourly or per-session fee, except for those that are ordered by a court or conducted through a community-based mediation agency. These agencies may provide mediation at a reduced cost… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 5

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. Does the mediator meet with both spouses together or separately? Some mediators prefer to work separately with each spouse, acting as a go-between. Others prefer joint meetings where both spouses are present and communication is more direct. There… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 4

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. How do mediating spouses protect their legal rights? Because divorce involves legal questions, every divorcing spouse should know and understand his or her legal rights before agreeing to a settlement. One way for a mediating spouse to do… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 3

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. What is the difference between court-ordered mediation and private mediation? As its name implies, court-ordered mediation is mediation that is required by the court as a part of a divorce proceeding. In many places, mediation is mandatory when… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 2

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. Why is mediation better than going to a lawyer — or is it? Using mediation to negotiate a divorce agreement is almost always going to take less time, cost less, and result in a more solid agreement than… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation — A series of FAQ’s — Part 1

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How to create a divorce agreement with the help of a mediator — without going to court. What is divorce mediation, and how is it different from arbitration? Divorce mediation is a process in which divorcing spouses try to negotiate an acceptable divorce agreement with the help of a neutral third party: the mediator. The… Continue Reading

Will Divorce Mediation Work for You?

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Learn when divorce mediation is likely to succeed — and when it might not. Even if you (or your spouse) don’t feel ready to mediate, when you consider the financial and emotional costs of a contested divorce, you might want to give mediation a try. But before you do, consider your relationship with your spouse.… Continue Reading

Divorce Mediation Myths

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by Attorney-Mediator Katherine E. Stoner Who is at a disadvantage in mediation: men or women? An expert debunks myths about divorce mediation. Myth: Mediation allows one spouse to dominate another. Fact: A good mediator pays close attention to the power balance between the spouses and uses specific techniques to address any imbalance. If one spouse… Continue Reading

Lawyers and Divorce Mediation

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by Attorney-Mediator Katherine E. Stoner You can mediate without a lawyer, but here’s how consulting a legal adviser can help you. A legal adviser is a special type of lawyer — one who is willing to consult with you as an integral part of the mediation process. While business lawyers have long served the role… Continue Reading