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Mediation of your divorce offers a lot of potential benefits

Despite what you've seen in the media and heard from friends, divorce doesn't have to be a drawn-out, chaotic battle between exes where the courts end up making all the major decisions. Even if you and your spouse don't currently agree on the terms of your divorce, it is very possible that you can avoid a contentious divorce in the courts by pursuing mediation to settle the terms of your divorce.

5 tips to prepare for divorce mediation

Before you attend your first divorce mediation session, you might be feeling various levels of distress, nervousness and every emotion in between. You might be worried that it will not go well, that you and your husband will not be able to reach an agreement, or that your emotions will get the better of you.

Mediation vs arbitration - which is best for your divorce?

No two divorces are exactly the same. What works for one couple may not be the best option for another. For example, while some couples can negotiate a fair divorce settlement, others have to let a judge settle property division and custody issues. Sometimes, litigation is not the answer. For couples that are looking for another route, there are Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) methods that might be more effective.

Getting a divorce: are you sure you want the house?

One of the many painful aspects of a divorce is the division of mutual assets. Very likely the most valuable asset you and your spouse had in common is the house. Deciding who gets the house and what to do with it is something that has to be thought through with care, especially if you were a stay-at-home mother who is looking at getting back into the workforce after a long time out of it.

The ins and outs of mediation for marriage dissolution

The Hollywood version of divorce is the couple falls in love, they get married, and then something happens and they get divorced. It then proceeds to get ugly, and the uglier it gets the more entertaining it gets (although The War of the Roses may have crossed the line to unlikeable characters that ultimately deserved each other).

What should you bring to your first attorney meeting?

If you've decided to get a divorce, you may be wondering what's involved, and how long the process will take. The answer depends in part on how complicated your divorce is--divorces involving children, multiple properties and retirement accounts where the couple had been married for decades, for example, will likely take longer than a divorce where the couple had been married only a short time and didn't have many assets. 

What happens when child support is unpaid?

Child support is considered a continuation of a parent's obligation towards a child after divorce. A parent may leave child support unpaid for any number of reasons, including a change in living expenses, a job loss or simple negligence. The parent's obligation to pay support does not end due to any such circumstance unless the agreement is modified by court order. Willfully ignoring child support obligations in Ohio has serious consequences.

The optimistic outlook for marriage in America

Many people in Ohio share the widespread perception that the divorce rate is close to 50 percent and is rising steadily. However, that number may be more of a historical aberration as opposed to an actual marriage trend. Researchers say that the divorce rate is actually falling, and attitudes toward marriage have changed since the 1970s and 1980s due to the rise of feminism.

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