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What should you expect from divorce mediation?

If you and your ex-spouse are okay with divorce mediation, this is a process to consider. With so many benefits, it may be just what you need to put this difficult time in the past.

There are many reasons to consider divorce mediation, including the fact that it doesn't take as much time or money as traditional court litigation.

Before you do anything, you must know what to expect from divorce mediation.

First and foremost, the first meeting is a time for you to put all the issues out on the table. This will ensure that you, your ex and the mediator are on the same page.

From there, you will hold additional meetings in an attempt to reach a compromise on a variety of issues. These issues can range from everything from child custody to property division.

Once everything is agreed upon, the mediator creates an agreement that both parties are expected to sign. Of course, it makes sense to have this reviewed by your attorney before giving your signature.

Since you don't have to appear in court, there is a good chance that you can start and finish the divorce mediation process within a matter of weeks. For many, this is just what they are looking to accomplish, especially when they consider the ability to save money as well.

Although divorce mediation is not the right solution for every couple, it is something that many are able to take advantage of. If nothing else, it's worth a second look. This is often the best way to reach all your goals.

Source: FindLaw, "Divorce Mediation FAQ," accessed July 29, 2016

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