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Divorce (or legal separation)

Mediation is a "no-court" way to decide divorce issues. It allows the spouses to make the decision rather than turning the process over to lawyers or judges.

Using the technique "agree first, then file," the divorcing couple remain in control of the process. This means that you and your spouse work out all terms of the divorce before filing the petition for divorce. The divorce is "uncontested" from the date of filing, thus avoiding court events. Other advantages of mediation: it is private; economical; and can be completed in a few months.

Mediation is a safe place to resolve all of the following issues:

  • Parenting (formerly "custody")
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Health insurance
  • Asset division
  • Debts

Mediation of a legal separation has the same advantages.

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