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Divorce mediation may help reach a fair dispute resolution


There are a lot of sources a divorcing individual can turn to for advice. The internet abounds with articles and divorce books line the shelves at book stores. Some of this advice is sound while some is not. To cut through the cloud of uncertainty and get a clearer picture of his own situation, a divorcing party should consult a divorce attorney. However, one celebrity attorney is out with a new book that provides helpful suggestions for all, including those in Maryland.

In addition to finding an excellent attorney and avoiding hiding assets, the book suggests divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is a process where the splitting parties, often represented by their own attorneys, go to a neutral third-party to help them resolve divorce legal issues. This neutral mediator views things from an unbiased, uninterested, removed point of view and can help the engrossed parties find a dispute resolution that is fair. The process can end with an agreement that settles property distribution, alimony, child custody, child support, and any other divorce stipulation the parties agree to. This way, the parties can avoid airing their marital problems in court, spending time in court, and surrendering to the stress and anger of a hotly contested divorce.

When a divorcing couple decides on mediation, they must find a mediator. The decision may be difficult, but a certified mediator with a track record of successful resolutions is the best option. A divorcing party and his attorney can contact the mediator to discuss the process and determine whether it is in his best interest.

There are many ways to divorce. Some include harsh arguments in front of a judge and some involve informal agreements reached between the parties without much legal assistance. But many divorces fall somewhere in the middle where the parties want to avoid court, divorce amicably, and/or end the marriage on terms that are fair in their specific situation. If this is the case, divorce mediation may be a legitimate option.

Source: Business Insider, "7 Tips For Getting Divorced Without Ruining Your Life," Erin Fuchs, Oct. 29, 2013

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